Google Play Services becomes the first app to cross five billion downloads

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Google Play Services has crossed a mammoth 5 billion downloads on the Google Play Store, making it the first ever app to do so. This isn't a small achievement as the 1 billion number is more than the populations of the top 10 most-populated countries on Earth.

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This allows Google to bring new features to older devices because it can push updates to Play Services in the same way as with ordinary apps. Here Android devices include phones, tablets, TVs, and even some cars. So, I don't think that those devices have been counted in this.

That's a substantially large amount of people, and it makes sense considering Google's claim at I/O earlier this year that there are now 2 billion monthly active Android devices.

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