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Google Android’s Play Store is a phenomenal place with millions of apps that is something Apple’s App Store can hardly compete with. Irrespective of the quality of content being served, Android continues to be world’s favorite OS and Whatsapp, one of the most popular messaging app and an equivalent of iMessage has touched a milestone of 5 billion installs this year.

Touching a five billion mark is no easy task because Google’s own apps that are pre-installed on millions of smartphones globally are the ones that manage to touch these numbers. Some of the popular choices are YouTube, Gmail, Maps and other utility services that help people on a daily basis.

Most users won’t consider uninstalling these applications because they are useful and are part of the Android OSes ecosystem. They make life easier and also keep you entertained on the go. For a third party app like Whatsapp, the chances are thin as users have to manually search for it and install it.

Besides, there is also the catch that there are plenty of messaging apps out there like Telegram, Hike, Kik among many others. While all these apps put together do have their respective user base in specific countries, somehow Whatsapp managed to beat them all to be the only sought after messaging app that can also be used to send files, photos, make calls and even send payment in some countries like India.

Some versions of Whatsapp are pre-installed on specific Android models but overall, the 5 million milestone has been achieved with the help of its massive fan following. The app is now owned by Facebook along with Instagram and it is a milestone the social networking giant can celebrate because they not only own FB but also the other popular options available on different platforms like Android and iOS.

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