The debut of Video Call on Telegram
Telegram now allows users to use one to one video calls on both Android and iOS platforms. the officials announced the feature on its 7th anniversary on August 14, saying that this year had highlighted the necessity for face-to-face communication. Available in its alpha version, the video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption that users can confirm by checking if emojis are shown on their partner’s screen and their own are matching. Telegram also confirmed that it might be releasing the feature of group video calls within the coming months.
Telegram said in an official blog post that the video calls would support picture-in-picture mode, which means users can scroll through chats on Telegram and multitask while on call. they’ll also switch off the video and switch to normal call whenever they need it.
App users can start a video call by tapping on the decision button on the contact’s profile page. to verify end-to-end encryption, users can check if the four emojis visible on-screen for them and their conversation partner’s match. If yes, the decision is fully secured, per Telegram.
Telegram also unveiled a batch of animated versions of commonly used emojis for all users to mark its 7th anniversary. A larger animated version of the emoji will appear when used in a conversation.
In its official blog post, Telegram said that although it had started as a small app focused on secure messaging in 2013, it had now grown into a platform that has over 400 million users, and is now in the top 10 most-downloaded apps. Releasing the video call feature puts Telegram a step closer to its competitors like WhatsApp and Viber.
The company said that “their Android and iOS apps have reproducible builds. Anyone could verify encryption and confirm that Telegram uses the same open-source code that is published with each update”. Besides group video calls that are expected to be rolled out in a few months, Telegram also said that there would be more features and improvements in future versions of the app.
Telegram had earlier specified in April that it would be introducing secure video call features for the app soon and had started rolling out the feature in beta mode a few days ago, as per reports.