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This article was published on May 28, 2014

WhatsApp rival Telegram gets an official app for Windows Phone

WhatsApp rival Telegram gets an official app for Windows Phone
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Telegram, a messaging app that competes with WhatsApp and others, has launched an official app for Windows Phone.

The app is basic and focused on delivering a secure messaging experience, with features like auto-self destruct and encrypted chat sessions. It gained steam earlier this year due to concerns over Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. Telegram nabbed five million downloads in a single day after the deal, while a significant WhatsApp outage further boosted its figures.

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Telegram for Windows Phone is interesting because the app was created by a third-party developer using resources open-sourced by the Telegram team. WP Central explains that a number of unofficial apps existed for Windows Phone, but this particular one (initially named Ngram) was endorsed by Telegram and has now gone official.

Telegram for Windows Phone | Via WP Central\

Thumbnail image via Rich Koele / Shutterstock