Yeeeesss ! Video calls are now available on Telegram
With the version that marks Telegram’s seventh anniversary, we have the arrival of video calls in the application on iOS and Android.
Telegram announces the arrival of video calls in its apps for iOS and Telegram. This is an important major update, because on the one hand, video calls were in high demand on Telegram. And on the other hand, today is Telegram’s seventh anniversary as well. Since its inception, the app has been inventive and ahead of its time.
Telegram’s 7th anniversary
Moderation of messages and spam, for example in groups, is what made me switch to WhatsApp a few years ago. But we also have Stickers, animated emojis, groups of over 100,000 users. Telegram now boasts 400 million users and is one of the 10 most downloaded apps among messengers.
Due to stupid demonization, Telegram never enjoyed the media coverage of a Whatsapp, but that hasn’t stopped it from gaining new users on a regular basis. And these video calls are still in Alpha version, so it will take time for them to be fully stable. However, upon launch, these video calls are end-to-end encrypted.
End-to-end encrypted video calls
End-to-end encryption means that video calls are protected by encryption, the exchange of which is secured by both parties. To secure the exchanges (to create the key therefore), we must match four emojis to authenticate the call. End-to-end encryption is present on Telegram, but only in Secrets Chats and not in groups and channels.
So the availability of end-to-end encryption is very good news. Also, in the next few months, Telegram is going to roll out group video calling and that could be really interesting. In these epidemic times, there has been a real lack of group video calls for meetings. But we will have to be patient. Because video calls have been announced for a long time and it took August 2020 for them to land.
You can enjoy Telegram video calls by updating your app on the Play Store or the Apple Store.