November 25, 2020
Google Messages Surpasses 1 Billion Downloads on the Google Play Store

Google Messages has Now been Installed Over 1 Billion Times from the Google Play Store

Google Messages (also referred to as Android Messages), now claims more than one-billion downloads from the Google Play Store…

There’s certainly no shortage of mobile — and web — messaging options available. Device manufacturers build in their own proprietary messaging platforms because of the need. Still, relatively few have caught on as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook’s Messenger, and Google’s Messages. Now, the latter has surpassed a huge record.

Google Messages Surpasses 1 Billion Downloads on the Google Play Store

According to the Google Play Store, Google Messages (Android Messages to some), has been installed over 1 billion times. The Android communication platform, which launched in mid-November of 2014 and supports RCS or Rich Communication Services, is also available on the web, which debut in mid-2018. 

It’s likely enjoying its popularity due to its robust features. Not only does it support RCS — something it’s done since December of last year — it also includes a dark mode, reminders, a built-in markup tool, alone with a desktop interface, and context-aware recommendations.

This is also quite a feat, given that it doesn’t ship preinstalled on mobile devices. Only the Pixel and Android One handhelds come with it pre-loaded. That means people are actively seeking it out and downloading it on their own.

William Boleys

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