Downloads from India gave Telegram a big push
In January Telegram saw 63 million installs which made it the most downloaded app in the world. “The countries with the largest number of Telegram installs were India at 24 per cent, followed by Indonesia at 10 per cent,” stated the report by Sensor Tower. Close to 15 million downloads were from India alone, which is a big chunk. Telegram used to be on the periphery of messaging apps with most people relying on WhatsApp as their preferred mode of communication.
Looking at the numbers for the last three months and Telegram was always in the top 10 downloaded apps. In December 2020 and November 2020, it was the ninth most downloaded app in the world. Curiously in November, it was WhatsApp that was the downloaded app with 58 million installs. Here again, 24% of the downloads for WhatsApp had come from India. Both in October and September 2020, Telegram was the 10th most downloaded app in the world. WhatsApp, incidentally, is the fifth most downloaded app in the world in January.
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