Undeterred by WhatsApp’s dominance, Telegram is forging ahead with its drive to make its app even more popular. By launching a few new exciting features, including short video messages, and bot payment; the chat app now offers more reasons to look towards its direction.
Telegram on Thursday launched a dedicated video hosting platform that provides you with opportunities to share content with your followers at no cost. Called Telescope, the new platform will give users opportunity to follow your feed—and without registration.
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“Today we are launching Telescope, a dedicated video hosting platform for those who use videos to communicate with their audiences (here’s one for you, blogger people!)
“With Telescope, public video messages can go viral beyond the Telegram ecosystem. Telescope hosts autoplayed round videos of up to 1 minute in duration – the same format we use for Telegram video messages. And yes, you heard that right, you don’t need a Telegram account to view them,” Telegram said.
Every video on Telescope will come with public URL that will enable you to share your clips with friends and loved ones.
Here is how Telescope works:
To send a video message, simply go to any chat on Telegram and tap the mic icon to switch to camera mode. Tap and hold the camera icon and record a video message, then release the recording button to dispatch your message once you are done.
Your friends don’t have to install Telegram on their phones to be able to enjoy your public video messages. They can share your message via popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It is one good way of generating more leads and views for your blog. In all, it is a good move—and one capable of boosting the popularity of Telegram.
Telegram also launched a new payment bot called Bot Payments. As the name suggests, the new feature will allow developers to accept payments from users across the world.
Video Credit: https://telegram.org/blog/payments
“If you have Telegram 4.0 (or newer) installed, you can order goods or services from bots that offer them. These bots may now add a Pay button to their messages. When you tap Pay, you’ll be asked to fill in your credit card and shipping information and confirm the payment. Then you get what you paid for. Voila!
“If your account is protected by 2-Step Verification, you can save your card for future purchases. If you do that, ordering stuff from bots will only take two taps. Bot Payments also support Apple Pay for a completely frictionless experience,” the company said.
Telegram rolled out voice calls to users in Europe in March. The feature came at a time WhatsApp and other chat apps 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.
Telegram’s new voice call feature is powered by the company’s artificial intelligence technology. What this means is that the app is integrated with a technology that enables it learn from you and the feedback provided by your device.