Telegram will add secure group video calls later this year
The group video calling feature on some of the most popular messaging apps has proven to be quite valuable in these trying times. In order to help more users connect using the feature, apps like WhatsApp and Google Duo have released a couple of improvements for the feature in the recent past. For instance, earlier this year Google Duo increased the group size limit to 12 participants and we also learned that the company was working to add invite links for both group video and audio calls. Similarly, Facebook-owned WhatsApp also increased the group size limit to a maximum of 8 participants. But while Duo and WhatsApp are working to improve group video and audio calling, rival messenger Telegram still doesn’t offer a group video calling feature to its users. Thankfully, that’s bound to change soon as Telegram has now announced that group video calling will be added to the platform later this year.
In a recent blog post, the company announced that Telegram will be getting a secure group video calling feature later this year. The post states: “The current global lockdown highlighted the need for a trusted video communication tool. Video calls in 2020 are much like messaging in 2013. There are apps that either secure or usable, but not both. We’d like to fix that, and we will focus on bringing you secure group video calls in 2020.” However, the company hasn’t revealed any information regarding the release timeline for the feature.
Additionally, the blog post reveals that Telegram has now reached 400 million monthly users, up from 300 million at the same time last year. The company claims that at least 1.5 million new users are signing up for Telegram each day, which has helped it become the most downloaded social media application in over 20 countries. On top of that, the company has also released a new update for the messenger which brings upgrades to its Quiz Mode, adds a new sticker directory to help users browse and search stickers, brings a new attachment menu on Android, includes improvements for Telegram for macOS, and adds a new Bullseye animated emoji. For more information on the latest update, you can check the source link below.
Source: Telegram blog