TechCrunch reports citing data from Sensor Tower that Telegram passed the one billion downloads mark worldwide last week. Other apps on the list include Telegram’s rival WhatsApp, as well as Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify and Netflix.
Sensor Tower reported that India has emerged as the largest Internet market for Telegram, with around 22% of its lifetime installations. After India, Russia and Indonesia were the top two markets for the app, from which it received 10% and 8% of total installs, respectively.
Telegram also reached 214.7 million installations in the first half of 2021, which shows a 61% increase over the previous year, compared to the 133 million reported in the same period in 2020.
It is important to note that the number of installs reported by Sensor Tower does not represent the app’s active user base. However, Telegram said last year that it had about 500 million active users per month.
Earlier this month, the Nikkei Asia trade journal cited data from the analytics platform App Annie to report that Telegram became the seventh most downloaded app globally in 2020.
Gadgets 360 has contacted Telegram to comment on downloads and will update this space when the company responds.
In addition to overcoming the privacy disaster created by WhatsApp, Telegram has introduced new features, including upgraded voice chats that function like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, as well as group video calling with the ability to have up to 1,000 viewers simultaneously to dial more growth. It also received a $150 million (approximately Rs. 10,96.38 crore) investment from the state-owned Abu Dhabi Mubadala Investment Fund and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners in March.