WhatsApp rivals Signal and Telegram have seen an almost 1,200 p.c progress forward of the Facebook-owned instantaneous messaging apps’ May 15 deadline to simply accept a contentious privateness coverage replace, in response to a report. Although WhatsApp just lately took a step again and scrapped its final deadline, the general public outrage that began in January has helped its two shut options appeal to new customers. Both Signal and Telegram additionally utilised the outrage and took to social media platforms like Twitter to talk in opposition to WhatsApp’s privateness coverage. The various messaging apps additionally promoted their privateness facets to realize over WhatsApp.
Sensor Tower stated that within the first 4 months of 2021, Signal noticed its first-time downloads rising 1,192 p.c year-over-year (YoY) to 64.four million worldwide, whereas Telegram’s installs surged 98 p.c YoY to over 161 million. This was in contrast to WhatsApp installs globally that dipped 43 p.c YoY to 172.three million within the January–April interval.
Signal installs in January grew 5,001 p.c YoY to 50.6 million from 992,000 in the identical month final yr. However, the installs depend fell 86 p.c month-over-month to a little bit greater than seven million.
“Although its installs have declined each month since the January spike, Signal is experiencing consistent Y/Y growth each month,” the agency stated in a weblog submit.
Signal noticed 2.Eight million downloads globally in April, in response to Sensor Tower information. It was greater than double the 1.three million downloads reported in April 2020.
Similar to Signal, Telegram downloads grew 283 p.c YoY to 63.5 million from 16.6 million. The app, nevertheless, noticed a 3 p.c YoY dip in its downloads in April — reaching 26.2 million as in comparison with almost 27 million a yr earlier.
The information launched by Sensor Tower exhibits that each Signal and Telegram noticed a drop of their obtain velocity shortly after gaining some progress in January. Nevertheless, the apps have been capable of give a troublesome combat to WhatsApp that also leads the market of instantaneous messaging platforms.
Sensor Tower stated that even earlier than its up to date privateness coverage, WhatsApp’s app installs noticed a decline across the starting of the COVID-19 pandemic final yr. In April 2020, the installs of WhatsApp globally dropped 28 p.c month-over-month to 55.2 million from 76.5 million in March.
“The decline in its installs throughout 2020 was possibly due to potential new users — eager to communicate with friends and loved ones — opting for the desktop or Web version of WhatsApp while sheltering in place,” Sensor Tower stated.
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