The team behind Telegram have released a major update to its popular messaging platform, which adds group video calls and the ability to share the screen. The update is already available to anyone interested according to the companyâ€™s website.
Users can now turn any voice chat into a video conference. For this, it will be enough just to turn on the camera on the device. The maximum number of direct participants in the video conversation will be 30 people, but the number of listeners and viewers is still not limited. The speakerâ€™s image can be enlarged to fill the entire screen or evenly split the screen into four speakers. In the future, the developers plan to increase the limit of interlocutors, but the number has not been specified.
The company have also added the ability to share the screen with viewers. In addition, conference participants will be able to do this in parallel.
In addition, a number of technical improvements were also reported. For example, the developers has improved noise cancellation and optimized the app for laptops, computers and tablets. On the latter, the messenger will adapt depending on the horizontal or vertical position of the screen. We can find the rest of the details on the Telegram website.
A day earlier, â€œPavel Durovâ€ announced the development of a platform for broadcasts based on the messenger. It was assumed that Telegram plans to integrate the ability to broadcast using OBS. It is not yet clear whether there were any unfinished functions for group calls or the creation of a separate stream platform based on the service.
Telegram Group Video Calls
Voice chats in anyÂ groupÂ can now seamlessly turn intoÂ group video callsÂ â€“ just tap the camera icon toÂ switch your video on.
Tap on any video to make itÂ fullscreen. If youÂ pinÂ a video, it will stay focused as new users join the call and turn on their cameras.
To start a voice chat, check the â‹® menu in the profile of any group where you are an admin (on iOS, you will find a â€˜Voice Chatâ€™ button right in the group profile).
WhileÂ audio-onlyÂ participants areÂ unlimited, video is currently available for theÂ first 30 peopleÂ who join the voice chat. This limit willÂ increase soon as voice chats take on streaming games, live events and more.
In addition to your camera feed, you can also share your screen â€“ or both at the same time.