According to the Express.co, WhatsApp just got some very bad news
WHATSAPP – the world’s most popular messaging service – has failed to make the cut in the Google Play Store’s Top Installed Apps, it has been revealed.
GOOGLE LAUNCHED ITS DIGITAL MARKETPLACE
Google launched its digital marketplace – the Google Play Store – five years ago.
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the hugely-successful app marketplace, which stocks smartphone and tablet software, movies, music, digital magazines, and more.
To celebrate the anniversary, Google has published a roundup of the best-selling apps, games, movies, music, and books in the US since its inception.
And unfortunately, it appears WhatsApp has failed to make an impact.
THE FACEBOOK OWNED APP IS CURRENTLY THE MOST POPULAR MESSENGER IN THE WORLD
The Facebook-owned app is currently the most popular messenger in the world, with a staggering 1.2 billion monthly active users, yet it failed to make the cut in the Play Store’s Top Installed Apps of the last five years.
Instead, Facebook’s own Messenger was the highest ranking chat app in the list, with photo-focused social network SnapChat taking fifth place.
The full list is as follows –
- Facebook Messenger
- Pandora Radio
- WhatsApp is more successful with markets outside of the United States, which could explain its absence from the list published by Google Play Store this week.
The messaging app is currently ranked in the top spot in the UK Google Play Store chart, with Facebook Messenger in second place.
Other statistics published to celebrate the fifth anniversary include the top installed games (discounting those pre-installed on some Android smartphones and tablets).
- Candy Crush Saga
- Subway Surfers
- Temple Run 2
- Despicable Me
- Clash of Clans
Top Selling Tracks
- Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
- Lorde – Royals
- Taylor Swift – Blank Space
- Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
- Pharrell Williams – Happy
Top Selling Albums
- Adele – 25
- Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)
- Taylor Swift – 1989
- Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
- Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
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Top Selling Films
- The Interview
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Guardians of the Galaxy
Top Selling Books
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
- The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
- A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
- The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
- Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
The news comes as WhatsApp rolled-out a new update for its messaging app, dubbed WhatsApp Status.
Much like Snapchat or Instagram’s Stories, WhatsApp Status lets users send updates using photo and video content to their friends.
Like Instagram and Snapchat, you can set up multiple updates, which will play one after the other, giving your contacts a full view of your day.
These can be further customised by adding emoji and text annotations, with a wide variety of colours available, but will disappear after 24 hours.
The launch followed a minor software bump that allowed Android to finally access hundreds of new WhatsApp emoji
The update included a facepalm, selfie, pregnant woman, a mother and a son, and a father with two kids, as well as a number of new gender diversity and sexuality options, with female versions of many jobs, sports and activity emoji that had previously only had a male symbol.
There is also a new rainbow flag emoji, along with a number of same-sex couple icons.
WhatsApp can now play any video received in a chat right away, without needing to wait for it to download first.
Videos will still be downloaded to your phone, which will occur in the background, but this update means there’s no need to hold on to start watching.
Also included is animated GIF support, allowing Android users to send and receive GIFs for the first time, and improvements to WhatsApp video calling.