Facebook officially announced that the Android version of its Messenger app has been downloaded more than a billion times from the Google Play store.
“Happy to make it to the very exclusive Android 1 billion+ downloads club,” the head of the Messenger team David Marcus said in an online post, released earlier this week.
Other than Facebook, only Google boasts apps with more than a billion Google Play downloads onto Android-powered mobile devices, according to technology news website TechCrunch.
Facebook last year broke off Messenger from the main Facebook application for mobile users, creating a separate platform that claims more than 600 million users.
Facebook in April began rolling out video calling on its Messenger mobile application, enabling face-to-face conversations among users of the app around the world.
With the new feature, users can add video to calls to another person with the same application.
Similar services are offered by Microsoft’s Skype, Google Hangouts and Apple’s FaceTime.