Telegram has surpassed one billion worldwide downloads, according to Sensor Tower information. The immediate messaging app was founded in 2013 and competes against Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger.
According to Sensor Tower, Telegram crossed the billion-download milestone on August 27. WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Spotify, Snapchat, and Netflix are other apps that have managed to surpass the one-billion download mark globally.
India has emerged as Telegram’s biggest industry with practically 22 per cent of lifetime installs. Russia and Indonesia are next on its industry-share list, with 10 per cent and 8 per cent installs, respectively.
Telegram also hit 214.7 million installs in the very first six months of 2021 — up 61 per cent on-year from 133 million in the year-ago period, Sensor Tower mentioned.
The numbers, having said that, do not represent the total active customers. Last year, Telegram mentioned it had practically 500 million active month-to-month customers.
Telegram, and competitor Signal, added millions of customers amid raging controversy more than how WhatsApp’s new policy would impact user privacy. In just 3 days because WhatsApp announced the policy update, Telegram Founder Pavel Durov mentioned the app added 25 million customers. It was also January’s most-downloaded app, Sensor Tower had earlier reported.
Telegram also received a $150-million investment from Mubadala Investment, the Abu Dhabi state fund, and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners in March.