The Google Assistant mobile app has been downloaded and installed over 500 million times on Android devices from the Google Play Store, just 10 months after breaking 100 million downloads. Google Assistant is a built-in part of Android, so the app’s massive popularity, previously noted by Android Police, seems somewhat bizarre.
The Google Assistant app page on Google Play says at the bottom that this is not needed on phones with the Google Assistant already available. The skyrocketing number of installations shows that not many people have decided not to install it. Downloading it allows users to pull up the voice assistant’s settings without having to navigate sub-menus on the device, and it gives a shortcut to voice commands. These little features are about the only practical purpose for apps on Android, but it doesn’t seem like half a billion people have grabbed an unnecessary app for their phones.
It took almost three years for the Android Google Assistant app to reach 100 million downloads. An additional 400 million downloads in less than a year would be an impressive for any app. What makes it all the more remarkable is the redundant nature of the Google Assistant on Android. The Play Store only says that there are over 500 million installations, so it’s impossible to know when this 1 billion installation milestone will be reached, but the accelerated rate over the past year suggests it could be soon. . Despite the quintupling in installation, the overall opinion of the app seems pretty solid. The 4.1-star average rating is still there, although the number of reviews has increased from 255,000 to 402,000. Once again, there seem to be a lot of people who enjoy the app without reviewing it.
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