Last week we reported that Hangouts for Android had managed to hit 1 billion preinstalls. This is impressive in the sense that it shows how many Android devices are out there, but at the same time we suppose it is “cheating” given that all Android phones come with Hangouts preinstalled, but the same cannot be said for Chrome.
Chrome for Android has recently hit 1 billion installs and is now part of an exclusive club in which only a handful of apps are able to boast that claim. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that unlike other Google apps and services that come preinstalled on Android phones, Chrome did not start out as being a preinstalled app.
In fact when it was first released in 2012, the app only supported Android devices running Android 4.0 and above, and it was only with Android 4.1 and the Nexus 7 did the app start coming bundled with Nexus devices. In fact Chrome wasn’t even promoted in non-Nexus devices until recently as most OEMs tend to prefer sticking to their own apps instead.
So like we said, for Chrome to hit the 1 billion download mark is pretty impressive. The app has also been made available on iOS devices and if you have yet to get your hands on the app, just head on over to the Google Play Store for the download.