TechCrunch reports based on data from Sensor Tower that Telegram passed the milestone of one billion downloads worldwide last week. Other apps on the list include Telegram’s arch-rival WhatsApp, as well as Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, and Netflix.
Sensor Tower reported that India emerged as the largest internet market for Telegram, with about 22 percent of its lifetime installs. After India, Russia and Indonesia were the two top markets for the app from which it received 10 and 8 percent of total installs, respectively.
Telegram also reached 214.7 million installs in the first half of 2021, a 61 percent year-over-year increase from the 133 million reported in the same period of 2020.
It is important to note that the number of installs reported by Sensor Tower does not represent the active user base of the app. However, last year Telegram stated that it had about 500 million monthly active users.
Earlier this month, business magazine Nikkei Asia quoted data from analytics platform App Annie to report that Telegram became the seventh most downloaded app in the world in 2020.
Gadgets 360 has contacted Telegram for a comment on download performance and will update this space when the company responds.
In addition to overcoming the privacy disaster caused by WhatsApp, Telegram introduced new features, including updated voice chats that work like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, as well as group video calls with the ability to have up to 1,000 viewers at a time to highlight further growth. It also received an investment of $150 million (approximately Rs. 10,96.38 crores) in March from the state fund Mubadala Investment and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners of Abu Dhabi.