Telegram 4.0 Update Brings Instant View Platform, Video Messages and More

20 May, 2017, 08:26 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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Popular instant messaging (IM) app Telegram received a new update that started rolling out on the Google Play Store on Thursday, its developers announced, suggesting that the version 4.0 should be available for download in all parts of the world by the end of the day.

Telegram 4.0 update allows users to send video messages. Then you tap on the microphone icon to switch to the app's camera mode. The feature works similarly to voice messages, except for the fact that it's activated by holding the camera icon instead of the mic shortcut. Else, Telegram servers could easily be overwhelmed by all the videos that are on their way.

The second novelty we found out is that of the video messages. The duration supported is of up to 1 minute. This will allow any website to use a template so that it can access the company's Instant View format, which is supposed to make web pages easier to read when they are viewed in the Telegram app.

Other than the chatbots, Telegram's Instant View will allow users to open the compressed version of links, allowing users to have a quick glance. When you get a video message from someone else, you can view it while you are also checking out all of your text messages by watching it in a picture-in-picture window.

Telescope is "a dedicated video hosting platform for those who use videos to communicate with their audiences".

Your friends don't have to install Telegram on their phones to be able to enjoy your public video messages. The catch is that you won't need a Telegram account to watch any of the video messages hosted by Telescope.

The year 2017 is marked to ride high on artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital assistants, and bots. Like the Telegram app's push-to-talk feature for sending walkie-talkie-like voice snippets, the new feature lets users send short video messages inside chats. You'll see a Pay button in bot messages.

"When ready, users can enter their credit card info or choose one of their saved cards - and pay for the product". Users have the option to save card for future purchases. "Bot Payments also support Apple Pay for a completely frictionless experience", the company said.

Call it your own customized news feed within a messaging app, Instant View allows users to read articles or blog from any publication in a neat layout.

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