Telegram has remained a steady contender to Whatsapp as it consistently rolls out new features that sets it on a pedestal. Recently, the company brought some updates to its Payments 2.0, Voice Chats, and Web version. Details of the update were shared on Telegram’s blog.
On Payments, the update enables merchants to accept credit card payments without taking any commission nor storing user information, allowing users to pay for goods and services without having to leave the app. Telegram is partnering with 8 integrated third-party payment providers -Stripe, YooMoney, Sberbank, Tranzzo, Payme, CLICK, LiqPay, ECOMMPAY- to make this possible. This update also allows buyers to tip their favourite plugs.
On Voice Chats, channel/group admins can now schedule a Voice Chat for a future time and date, giving the members time to prepare ahead for the chat. To notify users, there is a countdown timer at the top of the chat, there is also an option to only receive a notification when the voice chat starts for those who do not exactly fancy the countdown timer.
To schedule a voice chat on Android, admins can tap on the three dots at the top of the screen, click on “Start Voice Chats”, and then proceed to Schedule Voice Chat. The admin will however need to click on the “Start Now” option to start the chat after the countdown elapses.
You can edit voice chat titles, permissions, share invite link, and record the call. An added feature is that which allows you to change/edit your profile photo/bio and expand profile pictures and bios to know who you’re chatting with better without leaving the voice chat window.
With this update, you can now expand photos or videos directly from chat. The video experience is also better as Android users can now press and hold on the right or left side of your screen to fast-forward and rewind, and double-tap in either direction to skip by 10 seconds.
Android users can download the app directly from Telegram’s website without having to do it through Google Playstore. The company also noted that “Apps installed from the website will automatically update to the latest version. You are likely to get new versions several days or weeks faster this way because you won’t have to wait for updates to be reviewed by the store.”