Telegram now supports video calls with 1,000 viewers, 1-on-1 screen sharing, and more

about 2 months ago by IanDorfman

The development team behind Telegram has released a major update that adds numerous big features to the messaging app.

These new features are detailed on the official Telegram blog, and a major highlight includes what the Telegram team has named "Group Video Calls 2.0." As of this release, 30 users can now broadcast video from both their camera and screen, and up to 1000 people can watch, in a single group video call. The team plans on increasing this limit until " all humans on Earth can join one group call."

Video messages have also been updated with support for higher resolutions, and users can now tap on videos within the Telegram app to expand them and take advantage of this support. Other improvements to video playback include support for 0.5x, 1.5x and 2x playback speeds (and 0.2x speed for the service's Android app exclusively), as well support for timestamp link sharing across multiple chats.

Numerous other features have also launched, including the following:

• Screen sharing has been added to 1-on-1 calls as well, and now includes the sound from your device when broadcasting in any video call
• Messages in any chat can be set to erase themselves after 1 day or 1 week – and now 1 month
• To more easily add fine details to photos and videos with Telegram's built-in video editor, the width of your brush now decreases as you zoom in
• New animations for passcode lock interfaces, with animated backgrounds also appearing on the passcode lock screen.
• A new prompt in Settings to help users practice entering their Two-Step Verification password

Telegram is available via Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows at telegram.org.

Further coverage:
Telegram Blog
The Verge

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