Telegram X Features New Design, Gesture Shortcuts, Profile Pages, and More
New apps benefit from clean and optimized code, assuming they were developed by a competent team. Over time, though, as new features get added to the original codebase, they run the risk of becoming bloated. That’s why the folks behind messaging app Telegram launched a new app, Telegram X, that’s been written entirely from scratch.
“Our mission is to make Telegram faster, slicker and easier to use with each passing month,” the Telegram team wrote in a blog post published Thursday. “This is why for the last two years we’ve been developing a new generation of Telegram clients in parallel with the main versions […] The Telegram X project features apps […] with an entirely new code base and without all the legacy components that […] have accumulated through the years.”
The idea behind Telegram X, which is based on the Telegram Database Library (TDLib), sprung from an internal competition, and it aims to improve Telegram’s “speed”, “ease of use”, and “quality of animations”. To that end, it’s “faster” and more “power-efficient” than the standard Telegram client, and features a “bubble-free” messages view that expands photos to full size. A new preview feature in the forwarding, sharing, calls, and “groups in common” menus lets you tap and hold on any chat to preview new messages, and new gesture shortcuts let you quickly switch between tabs and launch Telegram’s forwarding menu with a single swipe. Finally, there’s a redesigned music player and attachment menu, and new profile pages with shortcuts to media you’ve shared.
As a reminder, Telegram X is an experimental application and might not replace the existing Telegram app. “[Telegram X] is experimental and may or may not eventually replace the existing official apps,” the team wrote. “But even if they don’t, they will speed up the development of Telegram by allowing us to quickly test new approaches and technologies.”