Telegram adds group video calls on desktop and mobile apps

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The company has also added new chat backgrounds, stickers, animations, and a new bot menu to make it easier to communicate with bots.

The company has also added new chat backgrounds, stickers, animations, and a new bot menu to make it easier to communicate with bots.

Messaging app Telegram will now allow users to video chat with up to 30 people, competing with other video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet which have become the lifeline of remote working for the year last.

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The feature will be available on all devices, including the smartphone app, desktops, and tablets. Voice chat on the platform currently supports an unlimited number of participants.

The company rolled out an audio-only feature earlier this year, aiming to compete with Clubhouse.

Users will also be able to share their screen during the call from their photo library. The Dubai-based company has also added a noise canceling feature to reduce background noise, the company said in a statement.

The messaging service has also improved display options on the desktop version of the app, with a side panel and split-screen view optimized for both portrait and landscape orientations.

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Telegram rose to popularity this year following a debate over WhatsApp’s privacy policy. It became the most downloaded app in January, with the highest number of installs from India.

The company also added new chat backgrounds, stickers and animations, he noted. A new bot menu will also make it easier to communicate with bots.

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