South Africans are trying out Telegram in huge numbers and competitor Signal to an only slightly lesser extent amid an exodus from WhatsApp. But it is not yet clear how many users will actually stick to the two lesser-known apps.
Data from the Google Play Store for Android devices and Apple’s App Store for iPhones show that Telegram and Signal are the number one and number two most downloaded apps respectively for the third day running.
As of Tuesday, WhatsApp had been relegated to position number four on iPhones, and number seven on Android smartphones.
That is a huge change for all three apps. On 1 January, data from information provider Sensortower shows WhatsApp was the second most download app for iPhones, beaten out only by the government Covid Alert app. Telegram came in at number 58, and Signal did not make the top 100.
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