Telegram has become the latest chat app to add voice calls to its service. This brings the popular chat app at per with other services like WhatsApp and the likes.
According to TechCrunch, the feature will first be rolled out to users in Europe, who will have the opportunity to test voice calls before other regions take their turn. Telegram is adding this feature at a time WhatsApp and other chat apps have added more advanced features including video calls to their service. Like they always say, “better late than never;” millions of people using the app can now make voice calls like other people using other apps do.
“Over the past few months, we’ve worked hard to make sure Telegram calls are the best in terms of quality, speed, and security. The wait is over: today we’re rolling out Voice Calls in Western Europe. The rest of the world will get them very soon as well.
“The Voice Call interface is familiar and easy to use, but as always, you get loads of innovation under the hood with Telegram,” Telegram said in a blog post.
Telegram’s new voice call feature is being powered by the company’s artificial intelligence technology. What this means is that the app has been integrated with a technology that enables it learn from your and the feedback provided by your device. According to the company, “the machine optimizes dozens of parameters based on this input, improving the quality of future calls on the given device and network.”
Telegram voice call also gives you the option of turning off the feature and choose not to receive calls from anyone. You can block or any caller or block everyone altogether from calling you—it gives you control over who calls you.
As with its chat feature, the company has also adopted the encryption technology for the voice call feature.
“Telegram Calls are built upon the time-tested end-to-end encryption of Telegram’s Secret Chats. The key verification UI we came up with in 2013 to protect against man-in-the-middle attacks served well for Telegram (and for other apps that adopted it), but for Calls we needed something easier. That‘s why we’ve improved the key exchange mechanism,” Telegram said.
Telegram recently followed in the footsteps of WhatsApp by ending support for older versions of Android phones. Phones with older versions of the Android operating systems such as Android 2.2, Android 2.3 and Android 3.0.
WhatsApp and Telegram are two of the most popular chat apps out there, and since they have opted to outdate some older versions of Android phones, it will be a daunting challenge to find an alternative. As a matter of fact, most features being rolled out to chat apps may no longer be compatible with some of these older phones; so I won’t be surprised if more apps are added to that number.
With more than 100 million people using Telegram across the world, the app is about to get even more popular with the newly added voice call.
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