Telegram gets one step closer to video calling with video messages

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Telegram has received a slew of features in its latest version bringing a subtle combination of digital payments, artificial intelligence, and video messaging.

Finally, a more user-focused addition is video messages. To send the message, simply release the recording button and the video will be sent. The application compresses video messages and sends them even as they are being recorded, which is why they arrive at their destination very fast. Now you can start recording video by tapping and holding the camera icon.

Like audio messages, Telegram's video messages are automatically downloaded and autoplayed by default, and feature a picture-in-picture mode within Telegram so you can do other things in the app while watching a video. The feature now also works with voice messages. Every video posted on public channel on Telegram will also be uploaded to Telesco.pe and have a public URL there. It's described as "a dedicated video hosting platform for those who use videos to communicate with their audiences".

"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 on Telegram", the platform said in a post. When you tap Pay, you'll be asked to fill in your credit card and shipping information and confirm the payment.

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"Telegram is an open platform, so bot developers can implement the necessary APIs and accept payments from users starting right now, without lengthy approval dramas", adds the team.

Telegram is working with Stripe to enable payments, but it has plans to add support for more localized options such as RazorPay, FlutterWave, PaymentWall, Yandex.Money and Qiwi, which will give it a stronger footprint in India, Africa, Russia and beyond. This will allow any website to use a template so that it can access the company's Instant View format, which is supposed to make web pages easier to read when they are viewed in the Telegram app. It is especially helpful if the source website is not optimized for mobile devices.

Telegram has also announced a contest for rule makers where the top contender will get $10,000 (roughly Rs. 65 lakh) for describing the most contest domains with their templates.

Long tap when viewing an Instant View page to quickly copy or share the selected paragraph with friends.

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