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Telegram Beats WhatsApp And Facebook

Edwine Agesa

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Telegram messaging application became the most downloaded app of January 2021. According to Sensor Tower on Sunday February 7,  the app beat Whatsapp to take the top spot.

This is in part because of the privacy changes that were introduced by Facebook owned Whatsapp. This saw huge numbers try to find other safer messaging applications.

Telegram climbed up the list and now leads the chats as the most downloaded messaging application this year.

They were estimated at 63 million or 3.8 times those from January 2020, according to Sensor Tower 24% of them were downloaded in India, followed by Indonesia at 10%. WhatsApp, on the other hand, was the third-most installed app on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December 2020, only to fall to seventh and sixth respectively in January 2021.

Its downfall may have been Signal’s salvation: the app made number 2 and 10 on the Play Store and App Store  rankings in January 2021 (and #3 overall), despite not featuring at all in December 2020’s top 10 lists. Meanwhile, Tik Tok posted a healthy #2 ranking overall in SensorTower’s latest report, with nearly 62 million installs. Then again, 17% of them were technically for Douyin, its Chinese-market version, although the United States accounted for another 10%.

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Whatsapp did come correct on their security settings but users had already started seeking alternatives hence the decline in usage.

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