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Facebook Android App Hits a Billion Installs

Tim Maytom

Facebook HQ Logo IRLFacebook's Android app has reached 1bn installs, the first non-Google app to do so since the operating systems launch.

The app's popularity outstrips several of Google's own apps such as Chrome, Hangouts and Google Search. While Google Play Services, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube have all reached 1bn installs already, these have the advantage of coming pre-installed on most Android phones.

Facebook Messenger, the standalone messaging service which Facebook separated out from its primary app earlier this year, has already reached 500m downloads, despite drawing controversy over the decision to force users to download it in order to retain the ability to message on mobile.

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