What’s the most popular Android app out there? Candy Crush Saga? Not even close. Facebook? Zuckerberg wishes. Unsurprisingly, it’s some of Google’s own apps that see the largest installed user bases, reaching a significant majority of Android devices. But even among what many of us consider the core group on indispensable Google apps, some show more activity than others. A little earlier this month the most popular one around reached a pretty big milestone, with Gmail for Android clocking-in north of one billion downloads.
Now technically, Google Play Services beat Gmail to the punch, hitting that one billion point earlier this year, but that’s playing pretty fast-and-loose with what counts as an “app” proper and not just “software.”
And while considerations like how the number of downloads doesn’t directly translate into the number of active users (or other useful metrics) may serve to mitigate the importance of this billion-download mark in particular, it’s still one major accomplishment for an Android app. The next cutoff in reporting for downloads on Google Play comes at five billion, so it’s going to be quite a while before we learn of an app moving up to the next level.
Any bets on what app will be next to follow Gmail across the billion-download threshold?