The one billion club is a very exclusive place on the Google Play Store, because Google has the only other apps that have reached that milestone, other than Facebook of course. David Marcus, the guy who looks after messaging at Facebook, revealed today that the Facebook Messenger app has been downloaded more than one billion times from the Google Play Store. That’s a massive achievement.

It hasn’t been that long since Facebook introduced the Messenger app, initially it just unbundled the chat feature from the official Facebook app and the social network made it compulsory for users to download this app if they wanted to chat with friends.

Now though, Facebook Messenger is capable of doing much more than it was initially capable of. There’s VOIP, stickers, voice clips, video calls, location sharing and even payments. The features will only continue to grow in the future.

Then again, it’s not like the messaging arena isn’t competitive. Many apps are available that let people communicate with others regardless of platform, with WhatsApp leading the pack so Facebook Messenger finds itself in very competitive company.

Even though the app itself has been downloaded more than a billion times, Facebook Messenger currently has around 600 million active monthly users but that number continues to grow.

Surely the app download numbers are going to go up with time as well, the bet that the social network took with Facebook Messenger appears to be paying dividends.

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