WhatsApp surpasses 5 billion downloads on Android

WhatsApp for Android has been downloaded over 5 billion occasions on Android. The Facebook-owned messaging app is simply the second non-Google app to realize this milestone. As with most Android functions, the quantity is principally composed of enormous quantities of installs for the applying. This quantity, nevertheless, doesn’t simply embrace downloads from the Play Store. It additionally contains numbers from pre-installed copies of the applying with gadgets from manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei, reviews Android Police. Facebook was the primary non-Google app to achieve the milestone.

According to Statista, WhatsApp is the most well-liked world cell messenger app worldwide. It has roughly 1.6 billion month-to-month energetic customers and outranked Facebook Messenger at 1.3 billion and WeChat at 1.1 billion customers in 2019. Following Facebook and YouTube, it’s the third hottest social community worldwide. South Korea has emerged because the fastest-growing marketplace for WhatsApp on the Google Play Store. In 2019, downloads of the cell messaging app elevated virtually 56 %.

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Additionally, Google for the primary time in 5 years, unseated Facebook as the highest writer of cell apps. In the final quarter of 2019, Google amassed near 850 million downloads in comparison with Facebook’s almost 800 million, analytics agency Sensor Tower revealed just lately. When it involves total downloads for the 12 months, nevertheless, Google nonetheless trails behind Facebook. While Google raked in almost 2.3 billion downloads, Facebook gained virtually 3 billion downloads over the previous 12 months.

Facebook owns 4 out of the highest 5 most downloaded apps worldwide. It contains WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, that doesn’t come as a shock. ByteDance-owned video sharing app TikTok was the world’s second-most downloaded app in 2019. WhatsApp has managed to avoid its mother or father firm’s picture. The messaging service has stayed forward of the curve by introducing new options like voice and video calling.

In 2020, WhatsApp is about to embrace darkish mode and introduce a local darkish theme for its customers. The app can be set to get animated stickers characteristic. This will assist the service compete with providers like Hike and Telegram. The app can be anticipated to achieve help for facial recognition as a biometric authentication quickly. The Wall Street Journal just lately reported that Facebook has dropped plans to introduce adverts in WhatsApp. However, we may see adverts pop-up within the standing characteristic someday this 12 months.

(Written with IANS inputs)

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