Telegram: Ready to Take on WhatsApp?
Is Telegram ready to take on Whatsapp? Well, that question does not have an absolute answer in the world of ever-changing technology. Some years back, who can predict at the start that the Canadian company, Blackberry will lose out greatly in market share and be left behind by the likes of iPhone and Samsung? As the saying goes; innovate or get left behind. In the world of mobile technology that is saturated with competition and innovation, and each company trying to bite off their ‘cake’ share off consumers’ pocket; another Instant Messaging company is seeking to give WhatsApp a run of its percentage of the market share. We have come a long way in Instant Messaging application for smartphones—BBM, 2GO, Whatsapp, WeChat, Whatsapp, etc. All are still very much around, and Whatsapp seems to be the king of IM application for smartphones. The Facebook-owned company has revealed that more than 100 million voice calls are made per day, and over 30billion messages are being sent daily (as against Telegram’s 15 billion messages). The issue now is, can Telegram take on such a tremendous feat and displace the King of IM app for smartphones?
Telegram filtering news has been around lately, and many are joining the bandwagon. This Russian-owned company is getting more popular by the day, in a war of relevance amongst IM apps that are trying to keep afloat and not get drowned in the list of ‘fallen apps’ now hanging in cyberspace—and become a pinpoint of reference for IM monuments. Growing from 100, 000 daily active users to 100 million monthly active users within the space of three years, with 350,000 users signing up every day is a remarkable achievement—a worrisome trend for WhatsApp, despite its huge fan base.
Can Telegram take on WhatsApp? Nothing is absolutely absolute in the world of technology, and no company has the monopoly to the crown of excellence in the app industry for mobile phones.