Telegram has introduced a series of advanced features in its latest update, including Group Video Calls, Screen Sharing, Noise Suppression in Voice Chats, Animated backgrounds, a dedicated Bot Menu and many more. The Group Video Call feature is the third major voice chat update from Telegram in the last six months, which can enhance the collaboration experience during group activities like online classes, business meetings and family gatherings. It has also added new animated emojis and enabled the import of customized third party stickers as well.
Group video calling and Screen Sharing
Users can now easily convert their voice chats into Group video calls by simply tapping ‘Share my video’ option in any active session. The Group Video Chat option is currently available for the first 30 people who join the voice chat (while number of audio-only participants is unlimited). Telegram will increase this limit soon as voice chats take on streaming games, live events and more.
To start a voice chat, check the ⋮ menu in the profile of any group where you are an admin (on iOS, you will find a ‘Voice Chat’ button right in the group profile)
Screen sharing feature gives a new level of boost to the users, especially who are using the platform for business related collaboration. Users just need to tap on the menu button, and press the screen sharing option followed by an app permission. In order to amplify the quality of the voice, Telegram has introduced Noise suppression option. This feature can be enabled during a live voice chat.
Tablet and desktop support
Tablets and computers have more screen space and offer more display options. Users simply need to tap to open the side panel and see a split-screen view of the video grid and list of participants, optimized for both portrait and landscape orientation. Voice chats on desktop open in a separate window, users can type and talk without minimizing anything. Desktop apps also have selective screen-sharing to broadcast an individual program instead of the entire screen of a particular user. While using the desktop app, and sharing screen by a specific user automatically gets pinned.
Animated Backgrounds along with creating and sharing options
Telegram is the first instant messenger app to introduce Animated Backgrounds. These multi-color gradient wallpapers are designed algorithmically and move with beautiful looking aesthetics every time users send a message. Telegram is offering this feature along with many default themes pre-installed.
Users can find more animated backgrounds in Settings. Android: Chat Settings > Change Chat Background. iOS: Appearance > Chat Background.
Additionally, if any user wants to create their customized animated background with composition of different colors and patterns, the platform is offering the same, as well. Users need to choose three or four colors to unlock the animation, then add an optional pattern for extra style.
Enhanced user security measures and messaging interface with new animated emojis
Login Info Reminders becomes an essential feature to keep user’s phone number up to date on Telegram. This overall ensures a user can always log in to his account. In case the phone number has changed, users can quickly update it right from the new reminder in Settings on iOS.
Telegram has announced that the Android users will get these reminders in the next update. Users on all platforms will receive a notification from Telegram each time their Two-Step Verification settings are changed.
Users can now send stickers and emojis seamlessly from keyboards into the chat window – with lightweight animations that won’t affect the battery life.
On iOS, this also applies to media you send from the attachment panel, and even text messages. Your input text smoothly transforms into the message bubble as it flies into the chat.
In another interface change on iOS, Telegram has introduced transparent backgrounds which are now partially visible through the header and the footer in chats, giving the interface a classy new look.
Two new gradient app icons are available in Settings > Appearance in addition to the classic blue and black versions.
BOT API 5.3 with dedicated BOT Menu and Stickers importing ability for developers
Telegram has made it easier for users to communicate with bots, by adding a special menu button that let them browse and send commands. Bots can also change the placeholder in the input field to give you a better idea of what kind of message they are expecting. Moreover, the Bot developers can now create commands that change based on a user’s interface language and chat type, as well as special commands that only appear in specific chats or for admins.
The sticker bot on Telegram can help enthusiast users to create new sticker packs as well as get usage stats for their stickers on Telegram.
Telegram introduced access to third-party developers with tools to make apps that help people generate new custom unique stickers and import their creations to Telegram in one tap.
Developers who are interested in making apps that help users create stickers and publish them on Telegram. In case the developers want Telegram users to install the stickers made, they don’t need any additional apps. They can simply upload their set of stickers using Telegram’s bot, and then share the link with others.
Now Discover Hyderabad’s Popular Restaurants & Shops on ‘Paytm Halo Hyderabad’
Paytm announced the launch of its city-specific mini-app ‘Halo Hyderabad’. It is the one-stop destination to discover Hyderabad’s popular restaurants, shops, events & news. Users will be able to avail the best offers & discounts from the listed merchants.
To gain access to the deals and scroll through all of Paytm partner apps, users can visit the Mini-App Store on their Paytm App and click on ‘Halo Hyderabad’.
The mini-app store will enable the users to book doctor’s appointments, ride cabs, order products for home delivery, purchase travel & entertainment tickets, and also book slots for COVID vaccinations. Through the company’s partners, users can order food from Hyderabad’s famous restaurants like Ulavacharu, Ram Ki Bandi, Churrolto, Chai Kings, Euphoria bakers, London Bubbles Co, Mamagoto, Pakka Local, Samosa Singh and Grand Trunk Road or order anything they want from pearl earrings, sandalwood oil & incense sticks to coffee, toys, and so much more.
Additionally, the health and wellness store within the Mini-App Store will give users one-click access to a large selection of health supplements, essential vitamins, immunity boosters & ayurvedic medicines through top health tech platforms including 1mg, Netmeds, Apollo 24×7, DocsApp/Medibuddy, Zyla, Mfine, and Credihealth among others.
Paytm Spokesperson said, “Hyderabad is an important city for Paytm. We hope that with the launch of the city-specific mini app ‘Halo Hyderabad’, we will bring convenience for our users by helping them discover the best deals & offers from nearby stores and also get access to local services.”
Paytm Payments Bank Crossed 10 Million FASTags Mark
Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) announced that it has become the first bank in the country to achieve the milestone of issuing 1 crore FASTags. This is almost 30% of the total FASTags issued by 32 banks in the country. In the last 6 months alone, PPBL has equipped over 40 lakh commercial & private vehicles with FASTags.
Besides this, Paytm Payments Bank is also India’s largest acquirer of Toll Plazas for the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) program offering an interoperable nationwide toll payment solution. The bank has enabled 280 toll plazas across the National & State highways to collect toll charges digitally. Paytm Payments Bank is also working closely with NHAI for testing and implementing multi-lane free-flow movement using automatic number plate recognition technology. This will further improve the overall customer experience while travelling on the national highways. Paytm FASTag is linked to the Paytm Wallet ensuring users don’t have to opt for multiple recharges.
The bank has also set up an efficient customer dispute redressal mechanism, which identifies incorrect deductions and immediately raises claims to reverse the extra charges. The meticulous dispute management process thoroughly audits all customer complaints, associated toll transactions and issues raised by the toll plazas to expeditiously resolve all customer complaints. Further, PPBL has diligently pursued all customer complaints so far through multiple stages of the dispute cycle, winning 82% of cases on behalf of its FASTag users.
Satish Gupta, MD & CEO – Paytm Payments Bank Ltd said, “It is overwhelming to lead the adoption of digital toll payments in India by offering a seamless & hassle-free FASTag service to both our users and toll operators. The innovations that we have made in technology and the deep trust in our bank has helped us become the top issuer and the largest acquiring bank under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme. We aim to continue taking the government’s initiative of building digital highways across the country further with our payments technology.”
PPBL FASTag has become the country’s most preferred toll payment method as it allows users to directly pay from the Paytm Wallet. Users do not need to create any separate account or download a wallet to recharge their FASTags. The issuance process is quick, easy & convenient, and doesn’t require multiple documents or separate login credentials. Unlike tags from other banks which may require a couple of hours to get activated, PPBL FASTags are activated instantly from the moment users receive them. All FASTag transactions can be monitored on the Paytm app.
India’s leading digital payments and financial services Paytm filed its DRHP on Friday, for SEBI’s approval for its $2.2 billion IPO. In its prospectus, the numbers of Paytm Payments Bank revealed how the company is faring in the UPI game. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL), has 155 million UPI handles on its platform and is accelerating the growth of UPI payments at retail stores and even large merchants, as stated in its DRHP. As of March 31, 2021, Paytm Payments Banks had 64 million savings accounts, and over ₹52 billion deposits, including savings accounts, current accounts, fixed deposits with partner banks, and balance in wallets, as stated in the DRHP.
Koo App Adds Yellow-tick Verification, Applications Now
A Yellow Tick on Koo recognizes and celebrates a user’s eminence, stature, achievements, abilities and professional standing in Indian life. It implies that the user is well-regarded in the Indian framework – be it an artist, scholar, sportsperson, politician, businessperson or any other field.
Koo welcomes all those on the platform to apply for Eminence, as the Yellow Tick is known, at Koo. Requests for Eminence are evaluated based on internal research, third-party public resources and in the Indian context. Eminence criteria are reviewed by a special team at Koo in March, June, September and December each year. As on date, the Eminence Yellow tick has been confirmed for approximately one percent of requests received and these eminent voices are given prominence in their respective language communities. This points to the rigour and importance Koo lays on ensuring that Eminence is not misued or granted at will.
Shedding light on the criteria for Eminence, Aprameya Radhakrishna, Co-founder and CEO, Koo, said, “The Koo Eminence Tick is a recognition that the user is a significant representative of the voices of India and Indians. We have formulated the process keeping India’s local realities and are committed to ensuring transparency to maintain a user-base that is verified and acts responsibly while interacting online.”
Adds Mayank Bidawatka, Co-founder, Koo App, “We are proud that Koo has made its criteria for getting the Eminence available in the public domain. Since Eminence is evaluated in the Indian context, it gives Indians a better likelihood of being able to get the Yellow Tick. This is a significant step towards making digital conversations intersting and constructive.”
How to Download Koo: The app is available for users to download on the mobile App Store. Users have the option to register using either their mobile number or email ID. Once registration is complete, they can follow their favourite celebrities, athletes, politicians, entertainers and thought leaders on Koo. Koo empowers users by allowing them to communicate in their native languages, should they wish to.
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