Telegram Encrypted Messenger Gains Video Support, Bot Payments, and More

Encrypted messaging platform Telegram received a significant update
today, bringing video messaging, bot payments, and other new
features to the chat app.

In version 4.0 of Telegram, users can activate video messaging
with a tap of the mic icon to switch to camera mode, or tap and
hold the icon to record a quick video clip. Swiping up while
recording enables handsfree mode, which works with voice notes
too. Users can also stop and replay the clip before sending.

In addition, chat bots can now accept payments, with the
developers saying that users will soon be able to order pizza,
shop for clothes, and potentially pay their utility bills using
Telegram bots.

Also included in the update is a new Instant View feature,
which is similar to Google’s AMP platform. Essentially it
enables users to view articles directly from within the
Telegram app, and comes with the added ability to create
article previews using the Instant View Editor.

Lastly, Telegram has also announced a new service called that lets anyone watch video messages from public
Telegram channels.

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