Telegram, messaging app to introduce group video calls for its users in May, including support for web-based videoconferencing. The announcement was made by Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram via a message posted to his official Telegram channel where he wrote “we will be adding a video dimension to our voice chats in May, making Telegram a powerful platform for group video calls”.
He further added, “Screen sharing, encryption, noise-cancelling, desktop and tablet support — everything you can expect from a modern video conferencing tool, but with Telegram-level UI, speed and encryption. Stay tuned!”
The company’s original plan was to add video call feature to its messaging service at some point in 2020.
As reported by TechCrunch, Telegram always taunts its rival for their tardiness to add new features, but it has lagged on video calls, adding the ability to make a one-on-one video calls, last year in August.
To mark the passing of 400 millions users, it wrote in an April 2020 blog post that the global lockdown had “highlighted the need for a trusted video communication tool” — going on to dub video calls in 2020 “much like messaging in 2013.” Although, it also focused on the importance of security for group video calls, perhaps causing the delay.
Telegram had earlier announced to add more improvements to voice chats and a host of additional features in its new update, bringing Payments 2.0 for all Telegram chats, Scheduling and Mini Profiles for Voice Chats, new Telegram apps for your browser and more.
An auto-delete timer for messages, as well as new flexible invite links and faster access to your chats will also be available.
The company on Monday in a blogpost said, “We first added support for payments in 2017. Payment bots allowed users to securely pay for goods and services without leaving the app — anything from ordering a pizza to hailing a taxi, to replacing winter tires when you’re tired of winter.”
It further added, “Starting today, merchants can natively accept credit card payments in any chat, relying on 8 integrated third-party payment providers such as Stripe.”
The company from 200 millions monthly active users in 2018, reached to 400 million in April 2020.