WhatsApp for Android has clocked 5 billion downloads. This Facebook-owned instant messaging app has become the second non-Google app to achieve this high mark.
With 1.6 billion active users, WhatsApp outperformed Facebook Messenger that had only 1.3 billion users and WeChat that had only 1.1 billion users in 2019. Also, it is the third-most-popular social networking site after Facebook and YouTube.
Android Police reported that like most Android apps that reach high download milestones, WhatsApp downloads also include downloads from Play Store and pre-installed app in branded Smartphones like Samsung and Huawei. These Smartphone manufacturers provide WhatsApp in the pre-installed app’s packages.
South Korea was the fastest-growing WhatsApp market for Google Play Store. In 2019, the download of instant messaging applications increased by almost 56%. Also, Google became the top publisher of mobile apps beating Facebook and it happened for the first time in five years.
Analytics firm Sensor Tower reported that Google recorded 850 million downloads from its Play Store but Facebook could amass only 800 million. But Google is still far behind in the overall number of downloads from Facebook.