Video messages, bot payments, and more

Video messages, bot payments, and more

They are not video calls, no. "Such invoice messages feature a photo and description of the product along with a prominent Pay button", says Telegram on its blog page. In an effort to not clutter the existing user interface of the app, Telegram developers decided to make the camera icon accessible by tapping the microphone icon, which will prompt a switch between the two.

"Imagine a world where you can order pizza, pay for a pair of shoes, hire a cab, or refill your subway pass - all in a few button taps". Press and hold the camera icon.

The new Telegram update has finally arrived, an update we have been waiting for a long time since it was leaked how video messages and new payments would be.

In April, we reported that a beta version of the popular Telegram messaging app had added a way for users to send short video messages to others. You'll be able to see video messages sent to you while going through other chats, as the video goes to the corner and continues paying. So, whenever you post a video message to a public channel within Telegram, it will be automatically uploaded to the new video hosting platform, and it will receive a public URL, which can be accessed by anyone. It's basically works like it sounds; you can now pay directly in messages to any bots who offer those kinds of features and services. Telegram just plays host. Else, Telegram servers could easily be overwhelmed by all the videos that are on their way.

Telegram 4.0 has officially been released and is available right now from iOS and Android's respective app stores.

The last major addition to Telegram in version 4.0 is the inclusion of bot payments. On clicking Pay, a user is prompted to enter their card details and then checkout. Previously, it used a limited layout option for links, but now Telegram has outed its Instant View Platform to enable unique designs. With Instant View, Telegram users can enjoy articles from any mass media or blogs in a uniform and easily readable way. With the update, you'll be able to read articles in a "dark, gray, or sepia-toned environments", and will have the ability to adjust the font type and size and turn on the "Auto-Night Theme" setting.

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