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Google I/O: Gmail Hits 900M Users, Android Reaches A Billion

Key statistics from this year's Google I/O included one billion Android users and 900 million Gmail users, 75% of whom are on mobile.

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During this week's Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco, the search giant revealed statistics that cement its status as a global tech powerhouse.

Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of products, announced Thursday that there are 900 million users on Gmail. This marks a massive increase from 2012, when the company last refreshed the data on its email service and found it had 425 million users.

Three-quarters of Gmail users access their email via mobile devices, Pichai noted. Google is working alongside the global mobile trend with a new email service called Inbox, which exists on top of Gmail to help users with organization.

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Basic functions of Inbox include highlighting important information like documents and photos before the email is opened, and grouping related messages like receipts and bank statements so they can be easily viewed and deleted. Users can create tasks, snooze reminders, and view information that isn't in an email; for example, the status of a package on its way.

The service was only available to invitees for testing when it launched back in October 2014, writes USA Today. Now Inbox boasts a few new features and is open to all Gmail users.

With the new features added to Inbox, users can group travel notifications and easily view data like hotel reservation numbers and departure times. They can also add custom email signatures and, perhaps best of all, retract an email if they regret hitting "send."

It should be noted that, according to Google, the Gmail and Inbox services are different in nature. The company plans to move forward with Gmail development. This initiative is more of an indication that Google is experimenting with how it wants its email service to evolve in the future.


Pichai also highlighted the remarkable growth of Android. The mobile platform now has one billion users and runs on eight out of ten smartphones around the world.

The skyrocketing popularity of Android could prove a boost to Android Pay over the coming months. Google also announced that customers of 700,000 stores and services like Bloomingdale's, Lyft, Macy's, and Grubhub will be able to pay via Android Pay, reports CNET.

Android Wear has also evolved. Google originally launched two iterations of the wearable and has now broadened its collection to seven smartwatches. There are now 4,000 apps for Android Wear, another key statistic mentioned at Google I/O.

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nasimson
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nasimson,
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5/31/2015 | 7:54:13 AM
Inbox
GMAIL is way better than Outlook. Inbox is way better than GMAIL. Kudos to Google.

My Outlook for Office still crashes once a week if not more.

Outlook, like most Microsoft products, is still living in 2010 pro-desktop pre-Web era.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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5/30/2015 | 9:51:23 AM
Re: Not accurate, no way to verify
One more comment. One killer feature that gmail has that I wish Outlook had is custom tags. It would be so increase my productivity if I could tag emails based on keywords, and then simply do a search to look them up versus creating subfolders (which we all know you can easilly misplace that email that had the link that you need)
mejiac
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5/30/2015 | 9:49:52 AM
Re: Not accurate, no way to verify
@jastroff,

I think that for Amazon to also enter, not a crowded market but more of a stuff one, would be difficult to compete.

The thing about gmail that I love is that it's both simple and insanely effective at managing emails. This is to the point that I now many smallbusiness owners that have there business mails based on gmail, and actually prefer going to gmail.com website to view and manage there emails versus outlook only because they don't have to worry about crashing.

And I have to admit, Gmail is constantly getting better, to the point that for non-power users, it really does suffice.
vnewman2
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5/29/2015 | 6:26:03 PM
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@jastroff - Hmmmm...I never thought about Amazon going into the email biz before - I'm guessing they don't see great profit margins to be had from it, but you would think there's something to be gained by millions of people owning an @amazon address.

Re gmail - I have about 10 different gmail accounts for spam or junk mail that I never check.  I made a gmail account for my mom to use so she could get a facebook account without using her "real" email address (so all her cooky old friends can't stalk her all day long) :)

It would be nice to see how many "true" users exist.
jastroff
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5/29/2015 | 3:43:24 PM
Re: Not accurate, no way to verify
The number is inflated, for sure, and a breakdown of types of IDs would be useful. I was wondering...why did Amazon not go into the email business? Everyone else seems to be in it
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5/29/2015 | 2:38:03 PM
Not accurate, no way to verify
900 million is a bit inflated, in my opinion, primarily because I'm willing to bet some of those emails belong to the same person.  I have several gmail addresses myself.
progman2000
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5/29/2015 | 2:30:37 PM
Re: More Data of Gmail
That actually kind of surprises me - they haven't said how many of their users are part of their paid application pricing? Doesn't sound like a big leap to me, they are a public company after all, that info must be out there somewhere?
progman2000
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5/29/2015 | 2:23:59 PM
Re: Wow, I guess I'm one of the sheep
Yeah well, as is typical with my stock buying skills, I originally bought it right before a big tech stock correction so it was a big loser for me for a long time. It has more than made up for it though and has doubled my initial investment (I have had it a while though). They are just one of those companes (IMO) that rarely ever make a bad decision. I usually dump stock when it starts going south but with that one you just know it was going to come roaring back.

Still doesn't mitigate the fact that I am a little concerned that they know EVERYTHING about me. Between knowing what you search for on the internet, what kind of emails you are sending/receiving, where you are driving to on a daily basis, and who you talk to on the phone - is there anything they don't know about you? Scary when you think about it.
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5/29/2015 | 1:35:20 PM
Re: More Data of Gmail

@jastroff     I was thinking along the same lines - Knowing that people do tend to have multiple accounts which of course will skew the numbers some.

Technocrati
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5/29/2015 | 1:33:21 PM
Re: Wow, I guess I'm one of the sheep

@progman2000   Sounds like you are sitting pretty, and were smart to hedge your bet.  I am all Google and Android myself, and I figure I have already been compromised. 

Just wish I would have bought stock though.

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