Telegram CEO Pavel Durov announced last month that users can now buy and sell usernames on the platform using Fragment. With the most recent Telegram update, the developer has introduced some new capabilities, such as the voice-to-text conversion of video messages, interactive emoticons, and reactions.
Let’s take a brief look at the main update which adds subjects in groups. It can be enabled in group settings by group admins. They also have their own shared media and notification settings, as they essentially serve as individual chats within a group.
All of the tools available in groups (voting, pings, bots, and so on) are also available in topics. According to Telegram, the new Topics feature is now only available for large groups (200+ members) and will be available later this year, along with a second set of tools for smaller groups.
Night Mode has been modified for Apple users by the messaging platform. iOS users can now experience an upgraded dark look with “more balanced colors and a better blur effect” when navigating through chats or chat lists. Android users may now alter the text size under Conversation Settings. This will enhance the chat text size for link previews, reply headers, and so on.
More on feature
The Voice-to-Text Video Communication feature is only available to Telegram Premium customers. It allows users to convert any video message to text with the click of a button. Previously, the capability was confined to audio messages. The newly introduced function is useful if you engage in a lot of video calls or meetings, and it could be valuable for individuals who do video call interviews frequently.
The latest update now includes collectible usernames, which allow users to attach several collectible usernames to their accounts and public chats. Collectible usernames are powered by Telegram’s TON blockchain network, which went online earlier this year. It can be bought and traded through a new platform called Fragment.
Collectible usernames can be less than 5 characters long and allow users to generate unique usernames. Telegram maintains that users have full control over their harvestable usernames once obtained and that they can be buried (hidden online) if wanted, but losing a name is not an option.
In 1:1 talks, the developer has introduced new interactive emojis with full-screen effects. The messaging app now includes 12 new emoji sets and three Halloween reactions that can be used in any chat.
“I feel particularly excited about today’s Telegram update. It adds topics to large groups, transforming these linear chats into slick mobile-friendly versions of good old Internet Forums,” Durov said in a statement.
“Topics today come packed with lots of features including the ability to close and pin topics, flexible notification options and lots of fun animated emoji to be used as topic icons. Taking advantage of the two-week delay caused by Apple’s review, we have begun to expand these new threaded groups into something even more powerful,” Durov states.
Telegram is a worldwide accessible encrypted, freemium, cross-platform, cloud-based, and centralized instant messaging (IM) service. The service also includes optional end-to-end encrypted conversations and video chatting, VoIP, file sharing, and other capabilities.
It was released for iOS on August 14, 2013, and for Android on October 20, 2013. Telegram’s servers are deployed globally with five data centers located in various regions of the world. While the operations center is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
There are numerous client apps available for desktop and mobile platforms. It includes official versions for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. Although registration requires an iOS or Android device and a working phone number. There are also two official Telegram web twin apps, WebK and WebZ. There are also countless unofficial clients that leverage Telegram’s protocol. With the exception of the server, all of the Telegram’s official components are open source.
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