Telegram will receive support for group video calls in May, says CEO Pavel Durov

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Telegram’s voice chat feature will soon receive video support, which will essentially direct the instant messaging app to similar to Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet. The founder and CEO of the application Pavel Durov shared a message on his channel Telegram, in which he said that the new functionality will be added in May and this will make Telegram a powerful platform for group video calls. The development follows a bunch of announcements made earlier this week. The instant messaging app has features like Payments 2.0, scheduled voice chats, and mini voice chat profiles, among others.

IN post shared on his Telegram channel, Durov says the app will also receive group calls, screen sharing, encryption, noise reduction, desktop and tablet support – “everything you can expect from a modern video conferencing tool, but with a user interface at the Telegram level, speed and encryption. ” He also shared a short video that gives a brief overview of the upcoming features.

The video shows that there is a large area that shows the video feed of the person currently speaking. There is also a list of active participants with a microphone button next to each of their profiles. The person speaking speaks with a small animation around the profile image of that person. At the bottom of the screen there are three control buttons for mute, turn on / off the camera and exit the voice chat session. In addition, the user interface gets a slight tweak when the phone’s orientation is changed to landscape.

As mentioned, Telegram brought a bunch of new messaging app features. These features include Payments 2.0, scheduled voice chats and mini voice chat profiles, two new Telegram web apps, an update to the Android user interface, and improvements to the app’s photo and video viewer. The company also said that the updated app will not be available immediately in the Google Play store, but iOS users can update the app through the App Store.

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