Telegram adds new sticker format that consumes less data

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Credit: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/07/07/telegram-5-9-stickers/

Telegram has rolled out new sticker format that uses less data and takes only a little time to load. The new format is designed specifically use less data, while also giving you the chance to continue to have fun using stickers.

Telegram, according to Android Police, has announced a new .TSG sticker format based on Lottie. The outcomes of this is that every sticker now uses about 20-30 kilobytes. The best part of this is that the new format also uses less battery than GIFs and run at 60FPS.

If you are a Telegram user, you can download the latest version [v5.9] from the Play Store. Here is a complete changelog of the latest version of the chat app:

  • Send ultra-lightweight high-quality animated stickers to express emotion with motion.
  • Receive animated stickers instantly on any connection at just 20-30 KB per sticker.
  • Enjoy smooth animations at 60 frames per second.
  • Create new animated sets and upload them to @stickers for everybody to use.
  • Try animated stickers from the Trending tab in your sticker panel.

In other Telegram news, the chat app recently upgraded its privacy feature—you can now decide who has access to your phone number. You now have control over who has access to your phone number within the app. This can be easily activated in the Privacy and Security settings of the app. You choose to have only your contacts or no one when it comes to who sees your phone number. It is a massive addition that will further improve the security and privacy level of the app for every user.

The privacy setting can be activated by doing the following:

  • Choose who can see your phone number in Privacy & Security settings.
  • Add groups to “Always/Never Share” exceptions in privacy settings. Permissions will get updated as users leave and join the groups.
  • Enjoy improved design when confirming actions, searching for messages and adding users to groups.
  • Connect a discussion group to your channel.
  • View any public channel, even without a Telegram account.
  • Seamlessly integrate bots with web services.

A couple of months ago, Telegram launched an “Undo” feature. The delete feature allows you to undo a sent message within five minutes. Users will be given five seconds to undo chat or history within the app. Among other changes added along with the undo feature are, restricting all the members within a group from posting specific content and new animations.

The undo or delete chat and history feature only works within the first five seconds of sending the message. Interestingly, all deleted chats and history are permanently erased from your system, which is quite encouraging supposing it is true.


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Author: Ola Ric

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