Telegram has become the latest app to join the exclusive club of apps that have generated over one billion downloads, according to a new report that shows the popularity of WhatsApp’s largest encrypted messaging rival.
The messaging service that grew in popularity back in 2014 when WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, has now accumulated over 1 billion downloads globally, TechCrunch reports, citing data from analytics firm Sensor Tower.
The app crossed the 1 billion mark on Friday, according to the report. The app gained 214.7 million installations in the first half of this year, which represents a whopping 61 percent year-on-year growth when compared to the first half of 2020, where it gained 133 million installs.
Telegram was launched back in 2013, and it has grown in popularity as the app has added useful features that have since been adopted by rival apps including the most widely used encrypted messenger, WhatsApp.
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According to the report, India makes up 22 percent of installs so far, and two other noteworthy countries are Russia (with 10 percent) and Indonesia with (8 percent), and the app had around 500 million active users at the beginning of 2021.