Telegram messaging service announced on Monday the release of a major update with a series of new features, including topics for groups, collectible blockchain-based usernames, voice-to-text for video messages, 12 new packs emoji, an improved night mode for iOS users, more options to change text size and new reactions.
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The new Topics update is aimed at groups with more than 200 members, so they can have spaces for different topics.
“Topics function like individual discussions within the group – taking care of their own shared media and notification settings. Members are free to chat on any topic that interests them, using all their favorite features such as polls, pinned messages, and bots,” the Telegram press release said.
The blockchain-based collectible usernames feature will allow Telegram users to collect different usernames which they can then buy, sell, control, trade or even hide. Transactions take place on a platform called Fragment.
Telegram said transactions were secured by the TON blockchain ecosystem, which it described as “fast” and “scalable.” TON was developed by Telegram in 2018. The TON website noted that two years later, Telegram was forced to “cease active development of TON” after Telegram was sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. UNITED STATES. Telegram has denied carrying out an unregistered securities offering.
Premium Telegram users will also benefit from a text-to-speech feature for video messages. Additionally, there are 12 new emoji packs and four interactive emojis.
A redesigned night mode will allow iOS users to enjoy a more comfortable dark view, while Android users can now increase the size of all chat texts on the platform.