Google Messages app has exceeded one billion downloads on the Play Store, as spotted by Android Police. Less than a year ago, the app had reached half as many downloads. It is a rather common feat for apps made by the Mountain View firm, but for Google Messages app, this is a remarkable achievement.
Usually, most Google apps come pre-installed on Android phones, but Messages doesn't. Manufacturers have texting apps of their own installed on phones to handle SMS messages, and only a handful of handsets come pre-loaded with the Google Messages app. These include Pixel and Android One devices among others.
Since there aren't a billion Pixel phones in the world, it can be stated that Google Messages has become an immensely popular alternative messaging app for Android users. This can be attributed to its clean and easy to use interface, which is regularly updated with features that include a dark mode, built-in markup tool, and a web interface. In various regions, the app supports RCS messaging irrespective of carriers.
If you don't have the Messages app on your phone already, it might be worthwhile to check it out. To download the app from the Play Store, you may click here.