The popular instant messaging platform Telegram now becomes part of the major group of apps that achieved the milestone of 1 billion downloads worldwide.
Almost 8 years ago, Telegram officially launched on 14th August 2013, and now crossed the milestone of 1 billion downloads across the world, according to the mobile research firm “Sensor Tower” (reported by TechCrunch).
As a Facebook-owned popular messaging platform WhatsApp, Telegram has a large number of users in India with around 22% of overall users globally.
Following India, Russia and Indonesia placed at the second and third position with about 10% and 8% of lifetime downloads, respectively. The app installments were significantly increased with 214.7 million installs in the first half of 2021 which is up 61% from last year in the same half, Sensor Tower told TechCrunch.
Despite Telegram crosses at the 1 billion downloads mark, it doesn’t mean it has more than 1 billion active users, Telegram had around 500 million monthly active users earlier this year.
The primary reason behind the significant boost in Telegram installments is some controversies about the updated Terms and Conditions of WhatsApp related to serve advertisements on its messaging platform.
All through this year, Telegram gained some useful features. The messaging platform added voice chats, which is a kind of similar feature to Clubhouse. And recently, the app began supporting screen sharing, group video calls, and animated backgrounds.
Now, the goal of Telegram is to surpass the 3 billion downloads milestone, and currently, TikTok is the only and first non-Facebook app to surpass this mark.
Other than that, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger are also in the queue to reach this huge achievement.