+ Wednesday July 17th, 2019

Google Maps has become the second app on the Play Store to hit five billion downloads, after YouTube became the first back in December 2018.

Technically, its the third, because Google Play Services has also been downloaded five billion times, but we figure that doesn’t really count, as it’s a core part of virtually every Android device. We’d rather look at apps users have actively decided to install. We note, though, that early on, Maps was baked into most Android devices, whereas now it isn’t necessarily and can be found as an optional install.

Regardless of how this number came to be, five billion is a big number, and it’s unsurprising that it’s one of Google’s most useful tools that has reached this milestone.

What’s perhaps a little surprising is that it’s not Google’s own Search app which has reached this level. That said, I’ve never found Google Search on Android to be as useful as simply opening Chrome (or your browser of choice) and simply banging that search term into the address bar. It’s quicker, and when you find a result, you don’t then have to wait for your browser to open. You’re already there.

Maps - Navigate & Explore
Maps - Navigate & Explore

 

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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