Telegram has rolled out a new update for Android users. The update brings a host of new features to the messaging apps. These include a revamped payments system, voice chat scheduling, and more.
Payment support for Telegram was first introduced in 2017. The company has now introduced Payments 2.0 to the app enabling users to make payments in any chat. “Starting today, merchants can natively accept credit card payments in any chat, relying on 8 integrated third-party payment providers such as Stripe” wrote the company in a blog post.
Telegram users can also add tips whenever they make a purchase via the messaging app. Also, payments can now be done via PC apps as well.
The messaging platform has also updated its voice chats feature. It now allows admins of groups and channels to schedule a voice chat for a particular date and time. Telegram says that with the new update, users will see a colourful countdown of the scheduled chat at the top of the chat. Those interested can also opt to receive a notification when the voice chat starts.
Another feature that comes with the new update is the mini profiles for voice chats. The feature will allow users to expand profile pictures and bios to get a better idea of who they are chatting with – without leaving the voice chat window. They will also be able to change profile picture and edit bio without leaving the chat.
Telegram has also launched a new web version of the private messaging app. “Telegram’s first Web Version was launched in 2014. Ever since, our pet demon of internal competition kept whispering: ‘Why have one web version when you can have two?’”, said the company.
Both the web versions support animated stickers, dark mode, chat folders and more.