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Many were waiting for the appearance of video calls on Telegram. Now they have appeared, although so far only for iOS and only as an experimental feature. To access it, you need to download the latest version 6.3 from the App Store, and then do a series of manipulations.

The user needs to click on the settings icon in the application 10 times, after which the developer menu will open. It allows you to activate experimental features in the Experimental Feature item. Then you need to go to your profile, pull your avatar down and make a video call. Don’t forget that you can call only those who also use iOS and have done the same manipulations.

It is not clear when the full launch of the function will take place, but update 6.3 brings a lot of other innovations. For example, from now on the messenger allows you to send and receive files up to 2 GB in size - a nice addition for those for whom the current limit of 1.5 GB was not enough.

The second innovation is the ability to use video avatars, that is, set a video instead of a static photo, and any frame from it can be used as a picture for chats. Before installing a video avatar, you can change the video in the editor: adjust brightness, contrast, other parameters, or add an animated sticker. By the way, the editor now has the ability to apply a skin smoothing filter to any photo or video taken with the phone’s front camera.

Improvements have also been made in the “People Nearby” section. Now, when someone contacts through this section, the user will see how far away the interlocutor is from him. And Telegram will offer chat initiators a welcome sticker with which it is convenient to start a conversation. In order for the user to be found by other people nearby, he just needs to go to the “Contacts” > “Find people nearby” section and click “Show me here”.

Also, if a message contains an image or video, a small copy of it will now be visible directly in the notification and the list of chats for preview. The function also works in message search results, making it much easier to find what you need.

For celebrities facing an influx of messages, Telegram has added a way to combat this scourge. In the Privacy section, a new setting will allow you to automatically turn off notifications and archive new chats with users who are not in your contacts list. All such chats are available in the Archive folder and can be returned to the main chat list at any time.

Owners of groups with 500 or more users can now see detailed statistics on member activity and community growth. Among other things, the statistics page displays a list of the most active and even the average number of characters in their messages. In the near future, the same group statistics function should appear in communities with 100 or more participants.

The developers have also added more than two dozen new animated emoticons - to use them, you need to send one of the emoticons as a separate message. Interestingly, when sending a soccer ball (another animation), you can score a goal, or you can miss the goal.

There are also innovations for individual platforms. On Android appeared: preview of private channels without a signature; music player with improved design and functionality; the ability to crop and rotate videos in the video editor before sending; the ability to find out the date of people’s subscription to the channel; smooth animation of the input field expanding when typing a long message. And on iOS the following became available: a new menu in the chat for viewing the user’s avatar and mentioning it; progress bar for videos shorter than 30 seconds; Improvements to the cache clearing menu.

In the Telegram Desktop application, it became possible to simultaneously use up to three accounts with different numbers (available in mobile applications since 2017).

You can learn more about the innovations on the official website. In the first half of 2020, eight major Telegram updates have already been released, and the developers promise a number of new useful features, including those that users have been asking for for a long time (perhaps this is just a hint at the full integration of video calls).
 

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