Telegram catches up with WhatsApp: alternative messenger increasingly popular

Telegram catches up with WhatsApp: alternative messenger increasingly popular

Telegram developers can pat themselves on the back. Messenger has now been downloaded over a billion times. In the first half of 2021, the number of downloads rose massively - and that has to do with the faltering competition from WhatsApp.

Telegram: WhatsApp competitor increasingly popular

According to a new study, Messenger Telegram has now been downloaded more than a billion times . In addition to Telegram, this kind of success has so far only been achieved by a handful of apps. TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram also have downloads in the ten-digit range.

A real success can also be recorded with the number of active users, because around 500 million people should use the messenger in everyday life. WhatsApp's competitor is most successful in India. Indians are responsible for around 22 percent of all installations, followed by Russia with 10 percent and Indonesia with 8 percent (source: TechCrunch).

Telegram grew significantly, especially in the first half of 2021. In the first six months of the year, Messenger was downloaded around 215 million times worldwide. Compared to the same period in the previous year, there was an increase of 61 percentage points .

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Telegram developers do not rest on success and provide updates on a regular basis. The app now also supports video calls for groups and the screen content can also be shared with friends. Supported by the clubhouse hype, audio rooms are now also available.

Telegram benefits from WhatsApp's weakness

Telegram's success can at least in part be explained by WhatsApp's difficulties . After the drama about new conditions of participation and the data exchange with the parent company Facebook, quite a few users have said goodbye to WhatsApp and prefer to rely on the Dubai-based Telegram instead.

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