Android exists to put Google services in front of as many eyes as possible. The mobile platform has been remarkably efficient at doing just that. Case in point: Google’s Gmail application has just become the first app in the Google Play app store to reach the 1 billion download milestone. According to Android Police, app tracker AppBrain shows that the milestone was achieved on or around May 6th.

Remember, Gmail comes pre-installed on all Android smartphones and tablets sold by big-name vendors, so it stands to reason that it would be among the first apps to reach this massive milestone. It also serves as yet another reminder of just how big Google’s role has become in the mobile industry. Think about Android just a few years ago. Enough said.

Gmail Android: 1 Billion Downloads, first app ever | BGR.