In the mobile application business, the number of installs an app has is a something most developers brag with. On the Google Play Store, you can always see the number of times a certain application has been downloaded and you even probably use this figure to determine which app to download. This is especially so if you have two or more apps that do the same thing.
Out of all the applications on the Play Store, Google Play Services seems to be doing very well. It has just passed the 5 billion downloads mark on the Play Store becoming the first app to do so. For those who may not be aware, Google Play Services comes pre-installed on most Android phones except those sold in China and that is why it is not surprising to see it cross the 5 billion mark.
When talking about the 5 billion installs, it is important to understand that it does not necessarily mean that Google Play Services has been manually downloaded that many times from the Play Store. When an individual logs into an Android device using their Google account, Google Play will label the pre-installed apps as downloads. With this in mind, you notice that the 5 billion number doesn’t show the number of times the app has been downloaded but rather the number of devices with Google Play Services that have been activated at some point.
Of course, not all the devices are still in use, some users may have had 3, 4, 5 or more Android devices over the years and each one, Google Play will count the Play Services installs individually. Just so you know, the world population is currently at 7.5 billion.