More than a year after its arrival was originally announced. Mobile, tablet and desktop users can use this update to turn their group audio chats into video conference calls. The new London-based instant messaging app initiative is similar to Apple’s Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and FaceTime. In addition to group video calls, Telegram has brought some changes at the interface level through the latest update. These changes include the addition of animated backgrounds, new message sending animations, and new animated emojis. The updated Telegram also includes a special menu button for robots.
Telegram group video calls
The most significant change brought by Telegram through the update is the ability to allow users to turn their group audio conversations into video calls. Users just need to click the camera icon in the group audio call to open the video. Once enabled, you can pin one of the group members to see their video up front. Telegram also provides the option to share the screen, and you can even share your camera and screen at the same time.
Tablet and desktop users get extra support during video calls, where they can open the side panel and view a split-screen view of the video grid and participant list. Telegram said in a blog post that it will be optimized for both vertical and horizontal directions.
On desktop computers, users can also selectively share their screens. This means that users can only stream a single program during a group video call, instead of showing other participants in full screen. This is similar to how you can share a specific screen from your desktop when you use Zoom.
Desktop users will also automatically get fixed members when they share their screens. In addition, voice chat will be provided in a separate window on the desktop, allowing users to type and speak without leaving other important tasks.
Telegram now also allows users to make group voice calls with an unlimited number of participants. However, the option to make group video calls is currently limited to the first 30 people joining a conversation on the platform. This simply means that you can’t add more than 29 members to your group video calls on Telegram. But nonetheless, Telegram has promised to increase that limit soon.
Telegram animated backgrounds, message animations
Telegram also brought some interface level changes as part of its latest update. These changes include animated backgrounds with multi-colored gradient wallpapers that are algorithmically generated and move every time you send a message. You can also create your own animated background by choosing various colors and patterns. After creation, you can share your background with your contacts.
The update has also enabled animation effects that appear when you send a message. You will also notice new animation effects when sending media files through Telegram. Further, IOS users have received two new gradient app icons that are available for access through Settings > Appearance in the app.
Users who frequently use stickers and emojis in their communication are also taken into account, as the update allows them to import stickers and bring new animated emojis.
For iOS devices, a new login reminder will appear in the settings, allowing you to quickly update your phone number. Android users will receive a similar login reminder during the next update.
The latest Telegram update also introduces a menu button specifically for robots, users can click to navigate and send commands instead of typing commands in a text box.
You can get the updated Telegram on your device by downloading the latest version. It can be downloaded on iOS through the App Store or on Android through the Google Play Store. Desktop users can also download the update directly from the Telegram site.