WhatsApp rival Telegram surpasses 1 billion downloads globally, India’s largest market, report says

India has become Telegram’s largest market with almost 22% lifetime installs. (Photo credit : .)

Telegram has exceeded one billion downloads worldwide, according to data from Sensor Tower. The instant messaging app was founded in 2013 and competes with Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger.

According to Sensor Tower, Telegram passed the billion-download milestone on August 27. WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Snapchat and Netflix are other apps that have managed to surpass one billion downloads worldwide.

India has become Telegram’s largest market with almost 22% lifetime installs. Russia and Indonesia are next on its market share list, with 10% and 8% installations, respectively.

Telegram’s facilities have exploded following outrage over WhatsApp’s decision to update its privacy policy. The developers have also introduced several new features such as group video calling, an updated voice chat experience, and screen sharing with sound to attract users.

Telegram also reached 214.7 million installs in the first six months of 2021, a 61% year-over-year increase from 133 million a year earlier, Sensor Tower said.

The numbers, however, do not represent the total number of active users. Last year, Telegram said it has nearly 500 million monthly active users.

WhatsApp’s decision to update its privacy policy earlier this year has been a blessing for Telegram, which has used negative sentiment towards WhatsApp to attract users. WhatsApp’s new privacy policy was aimed at attracting businesses and helping subsidiaries of parent company Facebook.

Telegram and its competitor Signal have added millions of users amid a raging controversy over how WhatsApp’s new policy would affect user privacy. In just three days since WhatsApp announced the policy update, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said the app has added 25 million users. It was also the most downloaded app for January, Sensor Tower previously reported.

Telegram also received a $ 150 million investment from Mubadala Investment, the Abu Dhabi state fund and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners in March.

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