WhatsApp is the world’s most popular mobile chat app, with approximately 1.6 billion active monthly users.
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp for Android has now scored a whopping five billion downloads, making it just the second non-Google app to get this landmark achieved.
As with most Android applications that reach enormous amounts of installations, this number includes not only downloads from the Play Store but also pre-installed copies such as Samsung and Huawei that have previously bundled the app with some smartphones, Android Police reported.
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular mobile messenger app with around 1.6 billion active monthly users, outstripping Facebook Messenger at 1.3 billion and WeChat at 1.1 billion users in 2019, according to Statista. It is the world’s third most popular social network after Facebook and YouTube.
As for the Google Play store, South Korea was the fastest-growing WhatsApp market, with mobile messaging app downloads increasing nearly 56 per cent in 2019.
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Furthermore, Google unseated Facebook as the largest publisher of mobile apps for the first time in five years.
Google has accumulated nearly 850 million downloads in the last quarter of 2019, compared to almost 800 million. Facebook’s, analytics company Sensor Tower recently revealed.
However, Google still trails behind Facebook when it comes to total downloads for the year.
Although Google has raked in almost 2.3 billion downloads, over the last 12 months, Facebook has gained nearly 3 billion downloads.
Facebook operates four of the world’s top five most downloaded apps, including WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Messenger, which come as no surprise.