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Telegram hits 200 million active monthly users

Telegram logo, mobile messaging app hits 200 million users in March 2018
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The instant messaging app created by the founder of the social networking site VK continues to grow, although it still has a long road ahead until it can challenge Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Telegram Messenger was used by 200 million people within the 30 days for the first time — as many users as the population of the sixth-largest country in the world.

Although a few billions have no issues — or at least "not yet" — with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, Telegram continues to grow and recently managed to hit a new milestone. According to a post published on the official Telegram Blog at the end of last week, this secure instant messaging app had been used by no less than 200 million people within the last 30 days.

The most interesting part about the popularity of this platform is that Telegram was never promoted using ads, so all the current users have been invited by others to join. The blog post mentioned above also makes it clear that Telegram is about "the idea that everyone on this planet has a right to be free." Sadly, this approach also pushed Telegram straight into a direct battle with the Russian government.

To celebrate this milestone, Telegram got a new update for iOS (version 4.8) and Android (version 4.8.5) that brings sticker sets search and the ability to take and send multiple media. The auto-night mode settings that have been available since the previous release for Android users are also available for iOS users now. In addition to Android and iOS, Telegram also supports Windows Phone and Firefox OS, but these two mobile operating systems are virtually extinct right now, so they did not get any update.

If you never heard of Telegram or you simply see no point in giving it a chance, maybe the movie below could help you change your mind.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-03-26 (Update: 2018-03-26)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.