Telegram was essentially the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide in January 2021, with 24 p.c of the full downloads coming from India, in keeping with the most recent information from Sensor Tower. The messaging app was downloaded 63 million instances final month (which suggests India noticed round 15 million new Telegram customers in January, going by the proportion given), 3.eight instances its downloads in January 2020. The sudden enhance in downloads may very well be attributed to WhatsApp’s privateness coverage controversy that sparked outrage amongst its customers and pushed many to change to Telegram. Whereas TikTok got here in a detailed second adopted by Sign and Fb, WhatsApp slid to the fifth place from its earlier third place, in January.
In its newest blog post titled ‘Prime Apps Worldwide for January 2021 by Downloads’, Sensor Tower introduced that Telegram trumped TikTok and Signal to change into essentially the most downloaded app globally in January this 12 months. Whereas the most important installs had been from India at 24 p.c, Indonesia got here in second with 10 p.c of the full downloads.
TikTok was a detailed second with 62 million downloads with China accounting for 17 p.c of the downloads, adopted by the US at 10 p.c. TikTok is still banned in India after the federal government’s determination final 12 months to dam a number of Chinese language apps.
TikTok was the most downloaded app in December 2020, in keeping with Sensor Tower, with Telegram not even within the prime 5 record. The privateness coverage controversy surrounding WhatsApp possible pushed customers to change to Telegram within the month of January as WhatsApp slid from the third place in December 2020 to fifth in January 2021. Signal and Facebook took the third and fourth positions in January 2021, respectively, in keeping with Sensor Tower.
Instagram took the sixth place within the record of most downloaded non-gaming apps in January 2021, in keeping with the report, adopted by Zoom, MX Taka Tak, Snapchat, and Messenger. Sensor Tower says that its estimates embrace downloads for each the App Retailer and the Google Play retailer worldwide between January 1, 2021 and January 31, 2021.
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