Cloud-based instant messaging service Telegram has rolled out its latest update with a host of features including an expanded library of emoji reactions, emoji support on status for users, and more. premium subscriptions, improved login experience for iOS users, smoother in-app transition animations and download priority on Android, automatically applies support on icon packs to users Android 13 and change the format for the user’s unique profile URL. The latest update builds on the messaging service’s previous update that brings the open-source platform to create custom animated emojis.
Telegram announced through its update announcement blog post that its latest Telegram v9.0 update will give users more “infinite” ways to express how they are “feeling”. Emoji library, previously limited to premium users, has now been extended to free users while paid subscribers will get a richer emoji list to choose from , one of the icons the company is calling an “infinite emoji”. To accommodate the extensive library, Telegram redesigned the react panel, making it extensible for easier viewing. Premium Telegram users will now be able to react to group messages and one-on-one messages with emojis, like the feature seen on the office messaging platform, Slack. However, even premium Telegram users will be limited to three emoji reactions per message, while group admins can control whether custom emoji reactions are obtained. permission in their group or not, the blog post said.
Premium users can now also use custom emojis on their status updates instead of the limited 7 options available on the previous update. However, this will replace their premium user badge displayed next to their username.
The latest update also aims to streamline and simplify the sign-in experience for Android and iOS device users, through support for getting a login code on their email address or using Sign in with Apple or Sign in with Google option. iOS users will also see an animation on the login page that was previously limited to Android users.
Telegram has also introduced a new unique link format for usernames – username.t.me, which the company claims will help users emphasize their names clearly while eliminating the hassle of having to find them. the ‘/’ key on the keyboard, common on the earlier bind format.
All Android users will now be able to prioritize downloads by long-pressing any item in the list to rearrange them in order of preference under the ‘Downloads’ tab. Meanwhile, Android 13 users will have a smoother in-app experience through added transition animations for opening, closing, and changing media, and the option to choose Telegram icons according to their preferences. the theme will automatically match their phone’s dark mode and accent color settings.