Billions of people around the world currently use the search giant’s email app for both their work and personal email accounts especially as it comes pre-installed on almost all Android smartphones.
Over the years, Google has added new features and functionality to Gmail including the ability to make video calls right within the app through Google Meet and more recently, new search filters that give mobile users the same tools they have on desktop.
While Gmail has been around for years and has now been installed over 10bn times, Google’s other email app, Inbox by Gmail, launched in 2015 and was shuttered just four years later. However, many of Inbox’s ideas eventually found their way into the main Gmail app including the ability to snooze emails, Smart Reply, nudges and high-priority notifications.
Reaching 10bn installs
Gmail is the latest first-party Android app to reach 10bn+ installs and it joins the ranks of Google Play services, YouTube and Google Maps which have also reached this milestone.
While Google Play services was the first app to do so back in 2020, it was followed by YouTube last summer and then by Google Maps in November of 2021. Google Chrome also crossed the 10bn install threshold as well at the time of writing.
When it comes to the next apps that will reach 10bn installs, both Meta’s Facebook app and Google Drive are quite close at 5bn+ installs respectively.
Now that Gmail has reached 10bn installs, Google will likely commemorate this milestone in a blog post and we could even see additional features arrive in the company’s email app soon.