Telegram tops the mobile app ranking most downloading

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Telegram applications for Android and iOS became the most downloaded in the world in January. This is evidenced by data from the analyst company Sensor Tower.

In total, the messenger applications were downloade

d more than 63 million times around the world in January, compared to January 2020, this figure has grown 3.8 times. As a result, Telegram topped the overall app rating, ahead of TikTok (about 62 million downloads), and the most downloaded Android apps rating. In iOS apps’ ranking by the number of downloads, the messenger took the 4 places, behind TikTok, YouTube, and Zoom.

Sensor Tower added that 24% of Telegram downloads in January came from India, followed by Indonesia (10%). In addition to Telegram and TikTok, the top 10 most popular apps for both platforms include Signal, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Zoom, MX TakaTak, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger.

Recall that the rise in popularity in early 2021 of Telegram is due to several reasons. Firstly, in January, former US President Donald Trump supporters, whose accounts were blocked on Twitter, Facebook, and other services, actively registered in the messenger. Also, Telegram and the Signal messenger were actively downloaded due to WhatsApp’s plans to change its privacy policy. Amid user dissatisfaction, the Facebook-owned service has postponed the changes until May. Telegram’s audience now exceeds 500 million users.

Currently, lawsuits have been filed against Apple and Google in the United States demanding that Telegram be removed from the App Store and Google Play because the messenger does not fight the distribution of illegal content. So far, the satisfaction of these claims looks unlikely.

In mid-January, it was reported that a consortium of Western investors estimated the Telegram messenger at $ 30 billion and offered to acquire a stake in the company, but the founder of the service, Pavel Durov, rejected this offer.

At the end of December last year, Durov spoke about plans to monetize Telegram, Then emphasized that all existing Telegram services will remain free for users. In addition to them, the company will offer additional functions for business teams and users with advanced needs. Some of these functions will be paid due to their resource intensity. The messenger will also launch its own advertising platform for channels whose owners are already making money from advertisements.