Telegram reaches 1 billion downloads globally, with India as the biggest market: report

Telegram has become the latest app to surpass the billion downloads mark globally, according to a report. The instant messaging app, which exists at the end of 2013, competes with Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger. It managed to increase its market presence amid public outrage over the recent update of WhatsApp’s privacy policy. Telegram also introduced new features, including group video calling, screen sharing with sound, and an updated voice chat experience that helped attract new users.

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.

One of the main reasons for the growing success of Telegram in recent months is the negative feeling of users towards WhatsApp. It reached new levels with the introduction of the privacy policy update that the Facebook platform announced in early 2021 to start attracting business and helping the parent company’s subsidiaries.

Telegram – alongside its competitor Signal – was able to add millions of new users amidst the WhatsApp privacy dispute. Three days after the privacy policy update was announced by WhatsApp, founder Pavel Durov announced that Telegram has added 25 million new users. It also became the most downloaded app globally in January, according to an earlier report from Sensor Tower.

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.


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