The popular messaging app has made improvements to almost every video-centric feature, including group video calls, video messaging, and the media player.
Telegram group video calls can now have up to 1,000 viewers. However, the app still only allows a maximum of 30 participants to stream the video. Telegram is also improving its video messaging functionality by adding support for higher resolutions. You can record a video message by clicking the microphone icon in the message bar to switch from the audio message to the video. Similar to voicemails, you’ll need to press and hold to start recording. You can now also click on a video message to expand it. Click an extended video message to pause it and allow you to fast forward or rewind the message.
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The app’s media player now supports multiple video playback speeds: 0.5x, 1.5x and 2x. On the best Android phones, you can even play back videos at 0.2x speed. To switch between different playback speeds, press and hold the button 2X while voice messages or video messages are playing.
Another feature that many users may find useful is the ability to share your screen with audio from your device when sending individual video calls. Telegram’s auto-delete feature has also been updated and now offers a new “one month” option. You can activate the timer to clear your messages on its own by pressing ⋮ > Clear History and choosing the duration.
Along with video improvements, the update introduces new lightweight animations for texting on Android. When you send a message, your text “smoothly turns into a message bubble as it moves into the chat.” This animation was rolled out to iOS users with the previous Telegram update.
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