Telegram v7.0.0 beta adds video calls and prepares to support Bubble notifications in Android 11
Telegram is undoubtedly one of the most feature-rich messengers out there, but it lacks one crucial feature that’s available on most alternatives — video calling. The lack of video calling and group video calling support means that Telegram users have to rely on other messengers like WhatsApp and Google Duo to use these features, but that is bound to change soon. Earlier this year, Telegram announced that it will finally add video calling support to the messenger this year. As promised, Telegram is now rolling out version 7.0.0 on the beta channel and it brings video calling support, among other things.
The video calling feature was recently spotted by @alex193a in Telegram v7.0.0 beta for iOS, Android, and macOS. As you can see in the attached screenshot, you can access the video calling feature by tapping the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of any chat and it’s enabled by default on the latest beta release. However, in order to use the feature, you and the other participant need to have Telegram v7.0.0 beta installed on your devices.
The feature is enabled by default! pic.twitter.com/qrp0eqvudw
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) August 11, 2020
While Telegram hasn’t officially announced anything about the video calling feature yet, we believe that it should reach the stable channel in the coming weeks. Along with the video calling feature, the latest Telegram beta also reveals that the app will soon receive support for Android 11’s Bubble notifications.
Telegram first started testing floating chat head bubbles late last month in version 6.3.0 beta of the app, which could be enabled via a debug option in the app’s settings. However, the debug option didn’t enable native Bubbles in Android 11. With the latest beta release, Telegram’s chat head bubbles now work with Android 11’s native Bubbles API, but you still need to enable the debug option. As you can see in the attached screenshot, the chat bubbles appear in the Conversations section of the notification shade.
Thanks to anoop_V1 on Telegram for the Bubbles notification screenshot.