- Telegram Messenger has received a major update to its video capabilities.
- The group video calls can now have up to 1,000 viewers.
- Telegram and other messaging app Signal were deemed safer by most WhatsApp users.
WhatsApp rival and a popular messaging platform Telegram has received a new update, which has brought in a number of features for users. This update takes video to the next level. Group video calls now have up to 1000 viewers, video messages record in higher quality and can be expanded, regular videos may be watched at 0.5 or 2x speed. They also added screen sharing with sound to all video calls, including 1-on-1 calls — and much more.
Group Video Calls 2.0
Earlier Group video calls allow up to 30 users to broadcast video from both their camera and screen – and now 1000 people can join. The feature would be particularly useful for online lectures, seminars, and even online concerts with many participants.
Video Messages 2.0
Video messages are a quick way to check-in or share your surroundings without adding another video to your gallery. They now have higher resolution and you can tap on a video message to expand it and take in all those extra pixels.
Video Playback Speed
To power through lecture videos and replay kung fu moves in slow motion, the media player now supports 0.5x, 1.5x, and 2x playback speeds. The Android developer app also supports 0.2x speed. On Android, you can also press and hold the 2X button when playing voice or video messages to switch between 0.5x, 1x, 1.5x, and 2x playback speed.
New animations make the passcode lock interfaces even snappier than before. If you’re using an animated background, it will also appear on the passcode lock screen. The disco never stops. The Telegram Desktop app now has its own photo editor to crop, rotate or flip images – and add drawings or stickers.
Telegram also announced two new web versions. These actually went live earlier this month but the company only officially announced them today. Why the two versions? Apparently, they had a contest to build a simplified version of the website and they ended up with two that they really liked so they chose both as the winner.
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