In less than a week, since January 6, Telegram messenger in the United States has been downloaded about 545 thousand times, that is, three times more than a week before. Experts note that the growth of Telegram’s popularity was also influenced by the new policy of another popular messenger, WhatsApp. On January 8, it became known that the personal data of WhatsApp users are made available to all Facebook applications.
The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, confirmed that after the introduction of the new WhatsApp rules, there were noticeably more new users in Telegram.
In addition, the creator of Telegram urged to abandon the iPhone in favor of Android.
Telegram new update brings voice chats and more features
The telegram team has recently released an update to the popular messenger. This is the twelfth and last major Telegram update in 2020, the next batch of innovations will be presented by the developers in 2021. Telegram version 7.3 brings group voice chats for all users, improved editing capabilities, new animated emojis, and so on.
Voice chat is described by the developers as a new type of audio conferencing that group members can connect to at any time. You can start voice chat in parallel with regular correspondence in any group – text and voice will complement each other in a single space.
Unlike regular calls, participants do not have to agree on a time. The voice chat is open on an ongoing basis. In the group, you can immediately see which of the participants is currently speaking in the chat. For Android users, the display mode is available on top of other applications. In this mode, you can control the microphone and see who is talking in the chat; even if the Telegram application is minimized.
Telegram gets new features
Another innovation for Android is that SD card storage is now supported. For iOS users, it became possible to read messages using the Siri voice assistant.
In addition, for Android, it became possible to edit sent photos without re-uploading, for example, adding a picture, text or stickers to a photo in the media editor. IOS users can quickly edit and send back the resulting photo, without having to save it and re-upload it. Each of these features was previously only available on one of the platforms; but now iOS and Android users have the same editing capabilities.
The developers did not ignore such a beloved area as animated emojis. Almost a couple of dozen new animated emojis were added, as well as several animated emoji with sound.
Recently, Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram, also announced that this year the messenger monetization will begin; some new functions will be paid, but the current services will continue to be available for free.