Telegram surpasses 1 billion downloads – TechCrunch

In style on the spot messaging app Telegram has joined the elite membership of apps which were downloaded over 1 billion occasions globally, in keeping with Sensor Tower.

The Dubai-headquartered app, which was launched in late 2013, surpassed the milestone on Friday, the cellular perception agency informed TechCrunch. As is the case with the app’s chief rival, WhatsApp, India is the most important marketplace for Telegram. The world’s second largest web market represents roughly 22% of its lifetime installs, Sensor Tower mentioned.

“[India is] adopted by Russia and Indonesia, which signify about 10% and eight% of [all installs], respectively. The app’s installs accelerated in 2021, reaching about 214.7 million installs within the first half of 2021, up 61% year-over-year from 133 million in H1 2020,” it added.

It’s price noting that the variety of installs doesn’t equate to the app’s energetic userbase. Telegram had about 500 million month-to-month energetic customers as of early this 12 months, as an example. However the surge in downloads, which coincides with WhatsApp’s poor dealing with of relaying its privateness insurance policies to its large userbase, nonetheless means that Telegram has loved some further consideration in current quarters.

Telegram, which earlier this 12 months raised over $1 billion, is the 15th app worldwide to have been downloaded 1 billion occasions or extra, Sensor Tower informed TechCrunch. Different apps on the record embody WhatsApp, Messenger, Fb, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, and Netflix, in keeping with Sensor Tower. (Cellular analysis corporations don’t observe the installs of most Google apps that come pre-installed on Android units.)

Telegram didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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