Gmail app hits 10 billion downloads, 53% of US email market

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Google launched Gmail on April 1, 2004, and in 2022 the service hit another milestone, with 10 billion downloads from the Google Play Store, a figure that represents 53% of the US email market. This makes Gmail the fourth app on the Play Store to reach this benchmark; the top three were Google Play Services (a requirement for almost all Android phones that use Google Services), YouTube, and Google Maps.

As of January 11, the Google Play Store reports that Google Chrome and Google Search have also passed the 10 billion download mark. Meanwhile, Google Photos is a bit behind, with over 5 billion downloads.

Gmail’s 10 billion downloads are no surprise and are expected to grow steadily. AP Images/Shutterstock

Gmail is currently available in 72 languages ​​worldwide. The Gmail app is currently only second in the United States to the Apple iPhone mail app as the most popular email client. In October 2018, the number of Gmail users stood at 1.5 billion. Gmail tends to come pre-installed on most Android devices, and since most users have used multiple smartphones in their lifetime, it’s no surprise that this number continues to grow steadily. In April 2021, Gmail held 27.2% of the email client market share in the United States, far behind iPhone’s 38.9% email. While Gmail is the undisputed leader in new webmail openings, the iPhone email service is the undisputed leader in new mobile email openings. Apple looks likely to take the top spot in the US this decade, due to the growing popularity of each subsequent edition of the iPhone series, which consistently accounts for over 45% of the US smartphone market share. But these improving numbers are promising, and if Google is able to pick up the pace of openings, it has the potential to catch up with Apple.

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