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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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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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progman2000
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5/28/2015 | 4:40:44 PM
Wow, I guess I'm one of the sheep
I'm all in on Google and have been for a while: long time Gmail user, Chrome user and Android phone user. Every once in a while I wake up in a cold sweat wondering what would happen if Google went all evil-genius and started doing something nefarious with their power. Lucky I am a long time stock holder too so hopefully I will benefit if they hatch some wierd scheme to take over the world.
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jastroff,
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5/29/2015 | 11:02:34 AM
More Data of Gmail
It would be great to get some more precise data on Gmail. How many are "free" accounts and are actually in use? How many are paid business accounts? How many are part of the Google Apps pricing.

>> there are 900 million users on Gmail. 
SunitaT0
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5/29/2015 | 1:03:30 PM
Re: Wow, I guess I'm one of the sheep
@progman2000: I don't know if they ever will, but I am more concerned about data security Google has always been keen on developing. Gmail does not have the best defences but oh well it is the first thing that comes to mind when we speak of an email account.
SunitaT0
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5/29/2015 | 1:04:57 PM
Re: More Data of Gmail
@jastroff: I don't think you would ever come to know that because I think that kind of information is confidential. Like I would give you a number of my customers but wouldn't tell you how many of them get better priviledges.
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5/29/2015 | 1:30:21 PM
Google's Gmail: Numbers Don't Lie ......

"....there are 900 million users on Gmail."

 

Thanks Kelly, it is nice to get some real numbers on the number of people using gmail.  Even though it doesn't surprise - it really does.

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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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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.

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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 | 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?
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asksqn,
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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.
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