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Telegram 4.0 released, bringing several major additions

Telegram 4.0 released, bringing several major additions

The new Telegram update has finally arrived, an update we have been waiting for a long time since it was leaked how video messages and new payments would be.

The video messages are automatically downloaded and autoplayed, but you can change that in settings if you're on limited data. Release the button when you're done, and your message will be sent.

Additionally, Telegram today is introducing Telesco.pe, a new service that allows anyone to view video messages from public Telegram channels. In an effort to not clutter the existing user interface of the app, Telegram developers decided to make the camera icon accessible by tapping the microphone icon, which will prompt a switch between the two.

The app has traditionally handled media well - with video previews and link snippets appearing inside chats - and now it has opened its "Instant View" webpage layout for customization. This now works when recording audio, too. You can also move the video box around your device's screen and pause while on other chats.

Telescope is "a dedicated video hosting platform for those who use videos to communicate with their audiences".

"Imagine a world where you can order pizza, pay for a pair of shoes, hire a cab, or refill your subway pass - all in a few button taps on Telegram", the platform said in a post.

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But along with private video messages, Telegram is looking to expand its public channels by adding video there as well, in a feature called Telescope.

"When ready, users can enter their credit card info or choose one of their saved cards - and pay for the product".

Instant View, think of it as Telegram's Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) or Facebook Instant Articles, is also live for every developer and publisher to tinker with and implement on their sites.

The last major addition to Telegram in version 4.0 is the inclusion of bot payments. Instant View also supports images, videos, and other media.

"To generate Instant View pages, our parser bot uses templates - sets of rules that tell the bot where to find useful content and what to ignore on a particular domain or URL".

Website owners can design their own options, but Telegram is also enabling its users to take the initiative to widen the template options on offer.


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