Following the COVID-19 pandemic scenario, Telegram has taken an important step that may serve as an alternate to Zoom. Many privacy savvy users may prefer to ditch Zoom for Telegram.
Telegram Introduced Video Calls
In a recent blog post, Telegram has finally announced the most-anticipated feature for the secure messenger app. Telegram users can now enjoy video calls with full privacy.
As stated in the post, the feature has arrived for both Android and iOS users.
2020 highlighted the need for face-to-face communication, and our alpha version of video calls is now available on both Android and iOS.
The feature is available to the users on the contact profile page. A user can either make a video call directly to the respective contact or switch to video during a call at any time.
Moreover, Telegram also offers picture-in-picture mode for video calls. This will facilitate users in continuing the calls letting the video go out of sight as they use other apps during calls.
E2E Encrypted Calls
The most interesting feature with Telegram video calls is the end-to-end encryption – a feature presently available in apps like WhatsApp.
This isn’t merely a claim, rather Telegram openly offers everyone to verify the encryption by analyzing their open-source code.
Moreover, the users can also witness the call encryption themselves by checking for the emojis. As stated in the post,
To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on-screen for you and your chat partner – if they match, your call is 100% secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram’s Secret Chats and Voice Calls.
Presently, Telegram supports one-to-one calls only. However, they plan to launch group video calls in the coming months. Through this feature, it will give a tough competition to Zoom which that lacks end-to-encryption.
Telegram launched this exciting feature on its 7th anniversary. Started off back in 2013, the messenger presently boasts over 400 million customers globally. Also, it’s among the top messenger apps trusted by many for its privacy and security features – the most notable being end-to-end encryption.
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