Telegram has rolled out a new update for its app which brings two major features: video messages and telescope. The video messages feature comes after voice messages, a feature that’s much loved by Telegram users. Starting today, users can now send video messages to their contacts the same way they send voice messages.


Users first tap on the mic icon to switch to camera mode when they want to send a video message. They are sent fast because Telegram compresses them and send them even as they’re being recorded.

All video messages are automatically downloaded and autoplayed by default but this can be changed in Settings. The company says that they generally feel and act like voice messages “on visual steroids.” It’s possible to browse other chats while watching a video message. It can pop up in a corner and can even be moved around the screen by the user.

Telescope is a dedicated video hosting platform for those who rely on live video streaming to communicate with their audiences. It hosts autoplayed round videos of up to 1 minute in duration, and viewers don’t need a Telegram account to see them.

Telegram 4.0 is now live, users should see a notification about an app update on their devices today if they haven’t already.

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