Gmail joins six other Google services in billion-user club
Who doesn’t use Gmail? Apparently, plenty of people still, given it took the world’s most popular email client several months longer than Facebook to cross the one billion active users mark. One billion monthly active users, to be exact, compared to FB’s daily billion count, though the feat remains a remarkable one.
The figure stood at 900 million just eight months back, and in case you’re wondering, Google Search, Chrome, Android, Google Play, Maps, and YouTube indeed reached the milestone already.
Nonetheless, you have to assume Gmail-rivaling services like Yahoo Mail or Microsoft Outlook are mere blips on Alphabet’s radar these days, both enjoying their popularity peaks a few years ago, when the latter was known as Hotmail, and dropping ever since.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai didn’t offer a precise mobile – desktop breakdown of the billion user tally when tackling the achievement during the company’s latest earnings call, but confirmed what we all suspected: folks checking, writing and sending e-mails on smartphones have been behind the service’s accelerated growth of late.
On a somewhat unrelated note, Pichai also took the time to brag about the instant success of the Smart Reply feature added to the Inbox app a measly three months back. Around 10 percent of all Inbox replies are apparently automatically generated, which is either a very good thing, or a worrying indicator of the looming death of genuine human interaction.