According to a report by Google Play Store, the new Facebook Messenger app has been Facebook Messenger Hits Over 500 Million Downloads	downloaded more than 500 million times by the users of the Android-based devices, despite the app was initially criticized by the people.

The app initially faced a lot of criticism and it even received poor reviews from the users. The majority of people condemned the popular social networking site to force people to download a separate app in order to view their messages. There were also some users who showed concerns regarding the privacy implications of the app.

Facebook was quoted saying in reply to the queries that “Our goal is to focus development efforts on making messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences.”

The company said that it will take out messages from the main Facebook app, claiming that the new messenger will be much faster and reliable when it comes to messanging.

Google also mentioned that no app has been downloaded more than 1 billion times so far.