Telegram brings out new features in its latest update

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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The popular instant messaging app, Telegram has introduced new features such as the ability to translate messages in the app and react with emojis to messages for a quick response.

The instant messaging service, which competes with WhatsApp and Signal, has introduced spoiler text formatting support to its apps, allowing users to hide the content of a message that may include spoilers, which the recipient can then view with a tap.

The first addition is an in-app translation capability that may transform messages received from another user or a group. Users can enable the feature by navigating to Settings and then Language. Users will see a translate button for messages sent in languages they do not read.

All Android users will be able to use the functionality, while iPhone users would need to update to iOS 15 in order to use the feature.

Further, Telegram has added support for quick reactions, allowing emojis to be used to react to messages they receive from other users. The feature has been popularized by apps like Facebook Messenger and Instagram, even WhatsApp is said to be working on message reactions.

According to the statement, ”Android users can navigate to Chat Settings > Quick Reaction, while iOS users will need to check Stickers and Emoji > Quick Reaction to choose their default reaction emoji.”

Telegram is also adding support for themed QR codes for any user or group with a public username, as per the statement.

“Telegram already supports QR codes, but the service is now adding support for ‘themeable’ QR codes that can be generated for any user that has a public username. Users can also generate QR codes for their groups, channels, and even bots while customizing a QR code with different colors,” as per the statement.

These can then be shared with other apps or printed and emailed. Further, the service has also improved seven animated emoji in personal chats with full-screen effects, the company noted.

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