GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED that Gmail for Android has surpassed one billion downloads, and it is the first Android app to so.
The Gmail app entry on Google Play actually ticked over one billion a couple of days ago, but Google VP Sundar Pichai announced the milestone on Thursday. He excitedly posted on Google+, "Great to see the Gmail App on Android just crossed one billion installs!!"
This doesn't necessarily mean that Gmail for Android has one billion users, however. First off, the ticker on Gmail's Google Play page is a tally of total number of installs rather than the total number of devices that have the app installed.
Also, some reports note that the one billion figure includes inactive and duplicate accounts, and it's also worth noting that a Gmail app comes preloaded on most Android devices.
Gmail for Android has reached the one billion just days after a leaked screenshot surfaced of a completely redesigned Gmail webpage layout, which looks more like the firm's iOS and Android apps.
If the image is accurate, it seems that Google will revamp its email service with a new layout that replaces the sidebar with a slide-out panel. It will also see a repositioned 'compose button' and a new feature called 'Snooze', which reportedly will send emails to the top of a users inbox so they can return and read them later.
The ability to 'star' emails will also be replaced with pins when Google rolls out the update, allowing users to highlight important mails, and Gmail will also include a new Reminders feature. µ
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