1. Telegram Launches One-on-one Video Calls Feature
Secure messaging app has launched an alpha version of one-on-one video calls on both its Android and iOS apps. “Highlighted the need for face-to-face communication” – The company said. And they plans to add improvements to the alpha feature in coming months
In a blog post, Telegram said that one-on-one video calls may be launched from the profile pages of contacts. With the option to switch the video on or off at any point in the call.
The video calls on messaging app support picture-in-picture mode. That people can check and reply to their messages while talking to a friend. The calls are also protected with end-to-end encryption. With the security confirmed by matching emojis on the screen on either end of the line.
Telegram continues to work on more features and improvements for its video call offering. Saying that it is working to launch group video calls in the coming months. The upcoming feature will allow the app to jump into the videoconferencing market. Which has become more crucial as people stay at home during social distancing.
Back in April, Telegram made the announcement that it would launch group video calls later in 2020. Even though this isn’t exactly that, but in a recent statement they said, “Video calls will receive more features and improvements in future versions. We work toward launching group video calls in the coming months.”
2. Telegram celebrates 7th anniversary
The blog post announcing the launch of video calls also celebrates seven years of Telegram, which now has over 400 million users. This app as one of the best encrypted messaging apps for iOS and Android on Digital Trends ranks
In addition to video calls, Telegram has also introduced another batch of new animated emoji for additional personality in chat messages.
Telegram has always had a focus on security. Founder Pavel Durov even calling out WhatsApp earlier this year for containing dangerous and deliberate backdoors.