Google has set another milestone with its Play Services. The Google Play Services has passed five billion downloads on the Play Store. The app is the first one to cross the five-billion mark.
According to a report in Android Police, this doesn’t exactly mean that the Google Play Services has been manually downloaded that many times. Even when someone logs into an Android device with their Google account, Google Play counts the pre-installed apps as downloads. Which means over five billion devices with Play Services installed were used at some point in time.
This can be traced back to Google I/O 2017 where CEO Sundar Pichai announced that there are over 2 billion active monthly Android devices worldwide. Well, Android is not the only property that Google holds. The company now has seven services which have reached 1 billion users: Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Google Maps, Gmail, Search, and Google Play. ALSO READ: Google Play Movies, TV adds HDR support, but there’s a catch
Apart from that, Sundar Pichai also noted that Google Drive now has 800 million users, and Google Photos has crossed the 500 million monthly user mark. And Google Assistant is now available on over 100 million devices and across over 70 different devices.
Earlier this year a report also suggested that India has become the number one country by downloads on the Google Play Store in 2016 – surpassing the US. The total downloads from the Google Play Store in India stood at 6 billion, followed by the US in the second position and Brazil in the third.
Recently, there were reports of malware that targeted applications and Google Play services. The malware recorded calls, took screenshots and tracked email IDs. In a blogpost, Google says it had discovered the new batch of apps, known as Lipizzan, while investigating another spyware Chrysaor. The spyware was found on apps from Google Play services. Google says the spyware was a two stage tool that impersonated apps that looked harmless such as ‘backup’ or ‘cleaner.’ Once downloaded and installed, a ‘license verification’ stage would survey and exploit known vulnerabilities to ‘root’ devices that were running older versions of Android. Google said that they found 20 Lipizzan apps distributed to around 100 devices in total. Google Play Protect has notified all affected devices and removed the Lipizzan apps.