Telegram, the popular rival to WhatsApp, has rolled out a new update to its platform — version 8.0 — to bring features like live streams with unlimited viewers to groups and channels, options to remove captions from media and hide sender names when forwarding, an easy way to jump to the next unread channel without going back to your chat list, an improved sticker panel, new animated emoji and more. Here’s a look at each of them in detail:
Unlimited live streams
Telegram has made it possible to have an unlimited audience for a livestream. This means that there is no cap on the number of people who can watch a livestream in a Channel or a Group Video Call. The viewers of a Live Stream will also be able to also raise their hand and join the broadcast if the host allows them to speak.
When it comes to forwarding messages, Telegram will now allow users to preview the messages they forward in a window — showing how the messages will look before they’re sent. Here, they will be able to customise to hide the sender’s name or hide captions on media messages. Users can also deselect messages they don’t want to send or change the recipient if they tapped the wrong chat.
Easy channel navigation
Telegram will allow its users to scroll through the channels they follow without going back to their chat list. When they reach the bottom of a channel, they can pull up to go to the next unread channel.
In case a user has organised their chat list with Folders or Archived Chats, the app will follow the structure they have set up: channels in the current folder, then within each folder, then those left in All Chats and the Archive.
Telegram will allow users to find Trending Stickers in the sticker panel of the ‘Recently Used’ section.
Other notable improvements
Telegram will now show ‘choosing a sticker’ status at the top of the chat similar to ‘typing…’ or ‘recording a voice message.’ The platform has also included a new set of animated emojis too.