Cloud messaging service Telegram has announced a major update for its apps on mobile and desktop. It brings a slew of new features, here's a list of the important ones.
Telegram has increased the file size limit for shared content to 2GB per file. This is not limited to media files, it works with all attachments. Prior to this upgrade, users had been able to send files up to 1.5GB in size. The announcement post took a subtle dig at a "totally random number 16MB", which just so happens to be the file size limit of its rival, the Facebook-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp.
If you have more than 1 Telegram account, but prefer to use your computer for chatting, there's good news for you. Telegram for Desktop now allows you to use multiple accounts at the same time. Click on the menu button on the desktop client, and then on the caron symbol (downwards arrow) to expand the panel (it changes to a caret icon). Use the "add new account option" that you want to manage.
Switch between your accounts quickly by using the same steps described above. You can use up to 3 accounts at the same time. Multiple accounts are available in version 2.2 of the program. This isn't a new feature per se, since it has been available in the mobile apps since 2017. But, it's nice to see the desktop program get the same treatment.
Telegram has added support for more animated emojis. It brings animations for popular emojis like sticking out tongue, blush, thinking face, applause, hand wave and even a cool sponge animation.
There's a new dynamic "goal" emoji in Telegram Desktop which you can bring up by typing "football" or "soccer", or just paste this ⚽️ into a chat. Hit the send button and you might score a goal. These emojis work on both the desktop and mobile apps, as long as they are on the current version.
Forget static DPs, Telegram has added support for Profile videos. You can use the Telegram mobile app to set a video or GIF as your display picture. While setting the video, you'll be prompted to select the "cover" for your profile.
This is the thumbnail that will be displayed in chats, the animation is only displayed when someone views your profile. The Profile Video editor allows you to rotate or flip the image, adjust the color tone, add stickers or text to it. The media editor's new "soften skin" feature is also available, along with options to adjust the exposure and enhance the image.
I tested this with Telegram 6.3.0 on Android and iOS, and it works well. You can capture a new video or use an existing one from your gallery.
Though you can only set profile videos from the mobile apps, Telegram for Desktop can be used to view the animated media the profile pages. Profile Videos do not support audio,
Android users get a new music player that supports a track list. It has options to loop, shuffle the playlist. The video editor gets 2 new options for cropping and rotating videos.
There are a few more features available with this update such as graphs for Telegram Group stats, improved people nearby, etc.
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