How did it begin?
What was a curse for WhatsApp, became a blessing for its rivals, Telegram and Signal. One can actually understand by these events how things can quickly change within the digital world. The king of Instant messaging, WhatsApp, has been dethroned by its alternative secure rival, Telegram. In fact, Signal has also surpassed WhatsApp to be the second in the race, just behind Telegram.
The rise to the top –
Telegram and Signal have been trending to their apex since January 2021. The telegram app was at the 9th position in the play store in December 2020. Within a month, it has made its way to the first non-gaming app to have the most downloads globally. Telegram has made it to the top downloaded app charts in the Google Play Store. However, in iOS, TikTok remains the most downloaded application. But Telegram also witnessed its rise among the iOS users as it has made it to the fourth position from the ninth.
Why choose Telegram over others?
Playstore recorded a rapid 3.8 million increase in downloading this messaging application stating the numbers of download to 63 million. The downloads are nearly 4 times of what it was last year.
Furthermore, the application promises its users to provide end to end encryption and has many exciting features such as love stickers, updated emoticons, and a font that the users can choose. The user can customize everything on Telegram.
After the download figures were analyzed, the most downloads have been in India, which counts for about nearly 25% of the total downloads, followed by Indonesia, where 10% of the total downloads took place.
Telegram even made its way through video conferencing applications like Google duo and zoom, which were once on the top charts in the play store and iOS during the peak pandemic.
Even Elon Musk, in his classic two-word tweet, supported the WhatsApp rival, Signal. His influential tweet caused a massive surge in Signal’s usage and a drop in Facebook’s stock.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Rise of Indian Apps
After the ban of Tiktok in India, and as per the scheme “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” or “self-reliant India” launched by the government of India during the pandemic, Moj, a “Made in India” video uploading application which is very similar to Tiktok has topped the charts of the most downloaded app in the country in late December 2020.
It’s interesting to figure out how Telegram and Signal have surpassed WhatsApp due to the primary choice. But will they be able to keep up? That’s something only time will tell!