The popularity of any app on the android platform is gauged by the number of downloads on the Play Store. With android being extremely popular, there are various apps that have managed to cross 1 billion downloads threshold on the Play Store. But to cross the mark of five billion-plus installs is something that is still rare. Joining the club becomes even more difficult when we talk about non-Google apps. So much so that so far only two non-Google apps have ever succeeded in achieving the target. But this number has finally gone up to three as Facebook Messenger recently achieved this milestone. Messenger has been downloaded over five billion times on Play Store. The app achieved the target just this week.
If we talk about the total number of apps that have been able to do this, the figure stands at 14. So there are a total of 14 apps, including those of Google, that have over 5 billion downloads. These include likes of extremely popular mail service Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps. Also, Messenger is the third app of social media giant Facebook to achieve this amount of installs. The other two extremely popular apps of the company are Facebook and WhatsApp. While Facebook achieved the target in 2019, WhatsApp did so in 2020. This clearly shows the reliability of people on Facebook when it comes to online communication.
Facebook has been continuously working to boost its chatting empire. This is why it is developing a cross-platform backend to assist users of all three messaging apps. The cross-platform will allow all three messaging platforms to work together. However, there is a lot more that still needs to be done. The social media giant has to work on the privacy front on Messenger and has yet to implement end-to-end encryption. Experts believe that it will take Facebook a while to do so. However, Facebook has recently added some new features to Messengers to make chatting more interesting. Apart from two new themes, the new updates have made managing chat threads in your inbox quite easier. The new feature not only makes sending a chat to archive but also gives easy access to them. Users can archive a chat with just a swipe. They can found all these chats in the newly added folder Archived chats. This folder can be easily accessed by just tapping on the user’s profile picture.