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Google Drive exceeds 5 billion downloads from the Play Store!

Google Drive exceeds 5 billion downloads from the Play Store. A fine performance which must however be qualified. This figure strangely takes into account the copies of Google Drive preinstalled on our smartphones.

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As our colleagues from the Android Police website report, Google Drive has just exceed 5 billion downloads from the Google Play Store. A great performance that allows him to join the very closed club of apps with several billion downloads, such as Google Chrome, Gmail or Facebook. By going to the Google Drive page on the Play Store, you will see that the number of installations has surpassed the 5 billion mark.

But to arrive at these figures, it would seem that the Mountain View company is cheating a little. As Android Police reporter Corbin Davenport aptly points out, Google Drive preinstallations are also counted in the number of downloads. In reality, they are counted after the user has linked their smartphone to their Gmail account after the initialization phase.

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Only, it happens that a person is brought to change smartphones several times a year. This is the case for many professionals. With each new smartphone, the user will have to link their Gmail account to access various Google services, such as Google Drive. Each access to the preinstalled Google Drive application on a new smartphone will be considered an installation from the Play Store. What amply inflate the statistics.

As a reminder, in November 2019 the XDA-Developers website revealed that a bug prevented the backup / backup of Android data on Google Drive. Since February 2019, thousands of users worldwide could no longer save the files on their smartphones to the Google cloud. According to journalists, the problem came from the encryption of backups installed by Google on Android Pie 9.0. It was in conflict with the various security systems available to the user, such as digital recognition, PIN code or scheme.

Source: Android Police