Google Messages App Crosses 500 Million Downloads on Play Store

The Google Messages App Crosses 500 Million Downloads on Google Play Store The number is significant because the Google does not require phone makers to pre-install this app as a part of the Google Mobile Services package, despite which, Google Messages app seems to be in good use, 9To5Google reported on Monday. Launched in 2014, Google official texting app allows the users to exchange texts, GIFs, emojis, stickers, pictures, videos as well as audios, just like Apple’s iMessage.

Some smartphones like Google’s Pixel line-up as well as Android One devices from Nokia and Huawei uses Google Messages as the default client for SMS. The Google Messages app crosses 500 million installs on Play Store in the top 25 apps of the communication category in the Google Play Store with a 4.2-star rating, the report added. Other Google apps that have over 500 million downloads in the Google Play Store include Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Duo, Google Calendar, Gboard, and Google Photos.

Windows-maker Microsoft also has its instant messaging Universal Windows Platform app for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile called “Microsoft Messaging“. Meanwhile, Google Duo group video calling and data saving mode for Android users in India are rolling out. The feature will be available on iOS soon. With this, users can have up to eight people on a call at a time.