Although WhatsApp already has some of Telegram’s new features, Telegram’s new features make the already desirable app more desirable. Telegram’s new update promises to sweep WhatsApp under the carpet and here are some of the improvement that will tickle your fancy.
- Chat Widgets
Telegram gets chat widgets that will make access to your latest chats easier and faster. They will appear in your home screen of users, and allow users to see a preview of latest messages or only the name of the sender of the recent message (as preferred) as well as the profile picture of the sender. The home screen widget can be expandable on android but can only get fresh updates occasionally on iOS, and according to Telegram this can be attributed to system limitations.
- Auto-delete feature
Telegram’s new auto-delete feature will give users the ability to set an auto-delete timer for sent messages. This feature is already available on Telegram’s ‘secret messages’ but is leaving the vault to become a part of the whole app. According to the company’s blogpost, the auto-delete feature can automatically delete messages after 24 hours or seven days after they have been sent, depending on what users want. In groups, only admin(s) can enable this feature for messages sent in a group.
- Expiring links
The new update will allow group links to be rendered inactive anytime. This saves the trouble of random or more people joining the group, or the group link being sent out for people to join which cannot be controlled. Group links can now be made inactive at any time saving Telegram users who run groups on the platform a lot of stress.
- Groups can take the big leap and convert to Broadcast groups
The new Telegram update will allow groups that have members of almost 200,000, to convert to broadcast groups that have unlimited members limit. The downside to this is that only admins can send messages to this group.