WhatsApp’s loss is the other’s gain
This move by WhatsApp has been a blessing in disguise for rival apps like Telegram and Signal which saw more than 40 lakh users join the platform with a couple of days. This number is on the rise as each day passes. Also Read - Here are some features Signal directly copied from WhatsApp
WhatsApp may be trying to arm-twist people into accepting its terms of privacy but it seems many don’t agree with WhatsApp’s decision.
According to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, Signal led the pack with over 23 lakh new downloads between January 6 and January 10 while Telegram clocked more than 16 lakh new downloads in the same period.
These numbers are hearty for Signal and Telegram compared to WhatsApp’s downloads which fell by 35 percent over the January 6 to January 10 time-period, with 1.3 million new downloads. Between January 1 to January 5, WhatsApp had clocked 2 million new downloads.
Signal on a new high
There was a point in time when Signal’s servers were overwhelmed due to the overload on its servers.
“Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there,” Signal had tweeted.
The encrypted messaging service also managed to grab the top spot in the free apps category of the App Store in multiple countries, including India.
Signal’’s official Twitter account also shared a screenshot, showing it placed above WhatsApp at the top spot in India.
“Look what you have done,” it tweeted.
Along with India, it became the top downloaded app in Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, and Switzerland as well.