Google Hangouts has joined the elite list of Google apps that have surpassed the 1 billion installs mark. While the likes of Gmail, YouTube etc have already crossed the 1 billion installs mark, Hangouts was yet to breach the magical figure. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to the users as Hangouts is now pre-installed on all Android phones with Google services, so every Android device activated will automatically count as one install for Hangouts.
The app can also be used as an SMS app, thus offering the versatility of an IM client and a messaging service combined. However, with Google launching the standalone Messenger app for text messages, Hangouts is seldom used.
Individual third party apps like Facebook, WhatsApp Messenger and more recently, Facebook Messenger have all surpassed the 1 billion mark comfortably, which when we think about it is a bigger deal considering that they have to be manually installed by the users in many cases.