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WhatsApp rival Telegram finally adds video call support

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Telegram has announced that they will be launching video call functionality in all its desktop and mobile apps. The feature, currently available in Telegram beta, will officially arrive with version 7.0 of the application.

“You can start a video call from your contact’s profile page, and switch video on or off at any time during voice calls,” the company said in a statement on Friday.

Like all other video content on Telegram, video calls support picture-in-picture mode, “allowing you to scroll through chats and multitask while maintaining eye contact”.

Also, as with video calls, all the video calls in Telegram are being end-to-end encrypted.

The app will show four emoji on screen for the user as well as the call partner. If both have the same four emoji, the call will then be encrypted. In addition, Telegram has also added more animated emoji options for commonly used emoji. So, if you type any of these emoji in chat, a larger, animated version will appear instead.

Telegram had earlier rolled out a substantial update and they have been adding Profile Videos along with improved People Nearby features as well as unlimited file sharing with up to 2GB per file and more.

In the recent blog post, the company indicated that “video calls will receive more features and improvements in future versions, as we work toward launching group video calls in the coming months.”

Telegram has also rolled out a batch of animated versions of commonly used emojis for all users to mark its seven-year anniversary. A larger animated version of the emoji will appear when used in a chat.

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