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Telegram App Receives 5 Million Signups In A Day - Whatsapp Rival Roars Out Loud

By Ankita Katdare in 'Gadgets | Software | Apps', Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Ankita Katdare


    Engineering Discipline:
    Computer Science
    Telegram Messenger app on Android and iPhone wasn't creating enough buzz among the hundreds of other mobile messaging applications, until people started calling it Whatsapp's biggest rival. And rightfully so. Telegram app has received a record 4.95 million registrations in a day and became the most downloaded iPhone app in about 48 countries. Yep. That's true. Moreover, Telegram proudly calls itself the "fastest messaging app" on the market. The app uses decentralized infrastructure with data centers positioned around the globe, so that people get to access it faster from the closest server possible. Developed by Nikolai Durov and financially and ideologically supported by Pavel Durov, Telegram HQ is situated in Berlin. Telegram for iPhone was launched on August 14, 2013, whereas Telegram for Android was officially launched on October 20, 2013.

    The best feature of the app by far is security. Before being acquired by Facebook, Whatsapp suffered from a lot of bad press for its security flaws. Taking a lesson from that, Telegram app has been on a mission to provide the best security on the market. The developers have launched a Crypto Contest where they will give $200,000 in BTC to the first person who breaks the Telegram's encrypted protocol. Other than that, unlike Whatsapp, Telegram is cloud-based, so you can access your messages from several devices (including desktops!). Among other features, Telegram stands out for being open. Developers for all platforms can access their protocol, API and even source code.

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    One interesting option for Telegram app users is that of initiating 'Secret Chats'. Meant for users who really want secure messaging, Secret Chats features lets the user send text to friends with end-to-end encryption. This means only you and the recipient can read those messages - nobody can decipher or intercept them, including us here at Telegram. Moreover, users can also order messages to be self-destructed in a set amount of time after they have been read by the recipient. The message then disappears from both your and your friend's devices. The company shares that secret chats are not even stored in the cloud.

    Lastly, those concerned about the app becoming a paid one, should note that Telegram has been initiated as a non-commercial project. Therefore, there are no advertisement, no subscription costs and your data won't be sold. Pavel Durov has supplied Telegram with a generous donation through his Digital Fortress fund, so if they run out of money, all you will ever get are additions of non-essential paid options.

    After Whatsapp's acquisition, the Telegram app owners shared that their growth rate increased around 3 times, crossing 1 million new downloads a day across iOS, Android and Windows platforms. The official twitter account for the app shared the following tweets in response to the huge crowd -

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    It is clear that people are happily embracing a new player in the market and they have found a good alternative in Telegram Messenger app. What are your thoughts on this? Share with us in comments below.

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Discussion in 'Gadgets | Software | Apps' started by Ankita Katdare, Feb 25, 2014.