Instant messaging platform Telegram has introduced a slew of new features with its latest update. Key features include message translations, reactions, themed QR codes, as well as hidden texts. With this, the platform hopes to not only offer more engaging ways to interact with different types of audiences but also to enhance the overall user experience on the instant messaging app.
Reactions: Animated and quick
WhatsApp is reported to be working on an Instagram-like feature to react to specific messages with the help of emojis without needing to send a new message. This capability is already available on Instagram and Facebook Messenger. For months now, it has been reported that WhatsApp will be bringing this to its chats as well. However, Telegram seems to have reached there first as it has announced its feature ‘Reactions’ that would let users react to a specific message in a chat with an emoji quickly without having to send a new message. However, it has also gone a step further, providing each reaction emoji with its own unique animation.
In-app message translation
Message Translation feature by Telegram will translate any message to another language so that users can read a message in their language without having to exit the Telegram app. The feature is available on all Android devices that support Telegram and on all iOS devices running on iOS 15 or above. Moreover, the translation feature is available for all the languages that are available with the OS of a particular device. Users would need to go to Settings and then Language to enable translation, which would lead to a dedicated ‘Translate’ button to be added to the context menu when a message is selected. In fact, users would also be able to exclude from this feature any language that they speak fluently so that the translate button can be hidden for these languages.
A fun feature, called Spoilers or Hidden Text, has also been added by Telegram. With this, users would be able to ‘Spoilers’ formatting to hide a certain portion of the message’s text, and this text would remain hidden in notifications and chat lists as well. The hidden text would only be revealed once the recipient tapped on the message.
Themed QR codes
Themed QR Codes have also been added by the instant message platform, which allows users to create QR codes for any user who has a public username, and this feature is also available for channels, bots and groups. With this, the user, channel, bot or group’s profile is displayed in a quick manner to other potential users. This QR code is also customisable.