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Gmail and WhatsApp each have more than 1 billion active monthly users

Published Feb 2nd, 2016 6:50AM EST
Gmail WhatsApp Billion Users
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Not many companies can brag with such successful apps, but Google and Facebook are no ordinary online services providers. Both Gmail and WhatsApp have more than one billion users each, meaning that one person in seven uses one of the two services.

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During its quarterly earnings call for Q4 2015, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that Gmail has more than one billion monthly users. That means Google got at least 100 million new users since last May when it announced Gmail had a customer base of 900 million. As The Verge reports, Gmail is Google’s seventh service that tops the $1 billion mark, after Search, Chrome, Android, Google Play, Maps and YouTube.

Facebook, on the other hand, has only two products with more than one billion users, including the Facebook and WhatsApp. The company announced on Monday afternoon that more than one billion customers get on WhatsApp each month. Comparatively, Facebook’s other chat app, Facebook Messenger, only has north of 800 million users. Finally, Instagram has more than 400 million users.

“That’s nearly one in seven people on Earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with their loved ones, their friends and their family,” WhatsApp said. ” But now, it’s back to work – because we still have another 6 billion people to get on WhatsApp, and a long way left to go.”

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.