Sundar Pichai, who is the SVP of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, has announced that Gmail Android app has crossed 1 billion installs till date. The first indications about the same were recently spotted on Google Play, when Gmail moved to 1,000,000,000-5,000,000,000 installs bracket.
It is the first real Android app to achieve this milestone, which has largely been aided by the fact that Gmail comes pre-installed on all Android devices that ship with Play Store (or Google suite of Android apps) on-board. Apart from Gmail, only Google Play services has seen more than 1 billion installs but it is more of a framework than app.
We expect to see other key Google apps like Search, Maps, and YouTube etc. reach this number as well in the coming months.
The Gmail App on Android just crossed 1Billion installs!
— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) May 16, 2014