Gmail has been a name which has become synonymous to the word e-mail for over a billion users now. The Gmail service started off in the year 2004 as an invite-only service, and had the users hooked on to it from day 1. It started off for the general public from 2007, and has since been one of the most popular services around. Especially after the arrival of Android, it got a much bigger boost, and today, the company has announced that they officially have over a billion users on the Gmail service.
In a time where mail is dying for private users, Gmail seems to be the only e-mail market which is constantly growing. What sets gmail apart from the other mail services is its simplicity. The Gmail layout is very simple, very minimal and very effective. With major changes happening over the past 12 years of its existence, the look and feel has pretty much remained the same, which has acted in the favour of Gmail.
The company has now started off with another service – the Inbox for Gmail, which has been the company’s attempt of taking Gmail to the next step, with the help of a smarter inbox based fully on the Material UI.
Gmail is not the first Google service to cross a billion users as the Google Search, YouTube, Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Play, and ofcourse, the Android OS having over a billion users already.
The timing of this update too, has been quite a perfect scenario, as it comes out on the same day as WhatsApp announces that they too, have crossed over a billion users. The contrast between the two services is quite fantastic – while Gmail focuses on e-mails, the classic and traditional forms of communication, WhatsApp is all about bringing communication in your fingertips with Instant Messaging.