Telegram is making waves with its new video call feature that puts the likes of Zoom, Whatsapp and some other apps into the stone age category. The chat app recently revealed an awesome update that takes video to the next level.
Telegram’s new and exciting update allows users to do group video calls that can now have up to 1000 viewers, including improved quality in video message recording which can be expanded. Regular videos can now be watched at 0.5 or 2x speed.
Telegram also added screen sharing with sound to all video calls, including 1-on-1 calls — and much more. Group video calls can now allow up to 30 users to broadcast video from both their camera and screen – and now 1000 people can watch anything from online lectures to live rap battles.
“We will keep increasing this limit until all humans on Earth can join one group call and watch us yodel in celebration”, the statement on their blog read.
Telegram launched its group video calls last month, and has now added more features and increased the number of users who can participate in a video calls at a drastic level. Though the maximum number of people able to participate and broadcast to the video call remains at 30, there’s hopes this may not remain so forever.
With this new update, you can have quite the audience now for “anything from online lectures to live rap battles,” according to the company. To use this feature, all you have to do is start a Group Video Call, create a Voice Chat from the info page (in the ⋮ menu on Android) of any group where you are an admin – then turn your video on.
Telegram adds Video Calls with up to 1000 viewers
According to The Verge, video messages also now come through at a higher resolution, and you can tap them for a larger view of the clip. When recording your own video messages, Telegram says that audio from your device will now keep playing as you do so, “so you can now sing along to your favorite songs or reply without pausing your podcast.”
Apart from that, users can now zoom in when recording with their phone’s rear camera, as well which is an awesome addition to the update. Other amazing features include screen sharing for one-on-one video calls (with audio from the device of whoever’s broadcasting), the option to auto-delete messages after a month — the longest option was previously a week — and more precise drawing.
Telegram has also added several other updates that improve the user experience on both Andriod and iOS such as animations for the passcode screen and when you send messages on Android, new animated Emoji and an In-App Camera on iOS that now utilizes all zoom levels on your device – including 0.5x and 2x if available. To know more about the changes and updates, head over to Telegram’s blog.