Telegram has introduced a new feature called Payments 2.0 in its latest update with Bot API v.5.2, extending the feature to any chat, including Groups and Channels. The app has upgraded the mass audio broadcasting feature in Voice Chats 2.0 (which was launched last month) to improve engagement among users and help the admins to manage conversations easily. Telegram has added Scheduling capabilities to the platform with on-time Voice Chat reminders, and Mini profiles for Voice Chats, for users to seamlessly check with whom they are chatting without leaving the Voice Chat window. Additionally, it has rolled out features such as Pinch to Zoom and Improved Video Player to enhance the overall chat experience.
Telegram allowed the merchants to accept credit card payments in any private chats with users, Groups and Channels through 8 different integrated third- party payment providers. This include the names such as Stripe, Yandex. Money, Sberbank, Tranzzo, Payme, CLICK, LiqPay, ECOMMPAY. This payment feature is currently available in 200 different countries, and India is one of these. The company is planning to further extend this feature to other countries, as well.
Merchants who are interested in this feature needs to create a basic bot that provides Goods and Services to the users. Merchant bots can send specially formatted invoice messages to users, groups or channels. Buyers can also add a tip amount if they are happy with the merchant. Payments can now be made from any app – including desktop apps.
This is a free and privacy-conscious platform – Telegram takes no commission, and stores no payment information. Credit card information is sent directly to the payment provider and shipping information is shared with the merchant so they can send you your goods. Merchants can directly start using the payments API as they don’t need any prior approvals from Telegram. Developers interested in integrating payments can find all the details in the Payments Manual.
Voice Chats 2.0 – Scheduling, Reminders and Mini Profiles
Now admins can easily schedule a Voice Chat for a particular date and time in any Channels or Telegram Groups. This overall help to set a theme of the conversation, and promote it accordingly. This also gives the community members and other speakers to prepare for the same in advance. Users will see a colourful countdown at the top of the chat. Users who are unable to see the countdown can opt to receive a notification when the voice chat starts. Mini profiles helps to quickly change the picture and bio without leaving the voice chat window. It helps to identify the basic profile of the person you are chatting with during the Voice Chat session.
Admins can schedule a Voice Chat from their Group or Channel’s profile page. On Android, tap ⋮ > Start Voice chat > Schedule Voice Chat. On iOS, tap the Voice Chat button and select Schedule Voice Chat.
Two Newer web versions – Telegram Web K and Web Z
Telegram has introduced two new web versions which are fully featured including animated stickers, dark mode, chat folders, etc. These versions are incredibly efficient, requires no installation, and standalone (multiple- device accessibility) like all the other Telegram app versions.
Direct Download – For Mobile versions
This new update is already available for download on the Apple iOS Store. Users can download Telegram for Android directly from telegram.org. Apps installed from the website will automatically update to the latest version. Users are likely to get new versions several days or weeks faster this way because you won’t have to wait for updates to be reviewed by the store. Telegram supports reproducible builds, so you can always be sure that the app you have on your device was built from the exact same open source code that is published on GitHub.
Improved Features – Animations and Video Player
Pinch to Zoom allows users to directly zoom a picture from the chat, they don’t need to click on the same and wait till it gets open with the media viewer. This slightly fasten up the process and make it a seamless experience.
Users can now easily rewind or fast-forward the videos playing on their iOS and Android devices. On iOS, u press and hold the + or – 15s buttons to fast-forward and rewind. On
Android press and hold on the right or left side of the screen to do the same, and double-tap to jump 10 seconds in either direction.
The Android app gets smoother and more dynamic with the new animations when opening the side menu or swiping back to the chat list from a chat.
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.
Josh to Launch Josh Skills for Amazon Alexa
Josh will launch its Josh Skill for Amazon Alexa. Short-video creators and consumers can now use their voice on any Alexa built-in phone or on the Alexa app to gain hands-free access to the Josh app, consume content on it and even create videos. With this new skill, users can prompt Alexa to surface their choice of videos from a curated set of trending topics or top creators on the Josh app.
With this new Josh Skill, users can just say, “Alexa, open Josh” or “Alexa, show the latest videos on Josh” to enjoy exciting content in audio and video formats. It is also enabled to understand voice prompts in Hindi like “Alexa, Josh pe dance videos dikhao” or “Alexa, mera Josh profile khole”. Users can directly jump into the latest challenges on the Josh app by saying “Alexa, ask Josh to show the latest challenges” or access their camera by saying, “Alexa, open Josh camera”.
Speaking on the collaboration, Josh Founder Virendra Gupta and Co-Founder Umang Bedi, said “We’re always exploring new product features, effects, and tools that make it easy to create and explore videos on our platform. The Josh Skill on Alexa is part of our commitment to improving the app experience for our users, and we’re excited to see how it inspires new kinds of creativity on the platform.”
Dilip R S, Country Manager, Alexa Skills & Voice Services, Amazon India says, “We have been witnessing a large number of users accessing Alexa on the go either via the app or Alexa built-in phones and use their voice as a shortcut to get information, play music and much more. We are very excited about the launch of the Josh Skill, the first Alexa for Apps skill in India, which will allow customers to easily open, access and navigate the Josh app just using simple voice commands on their phone hands free.” Creators and consumers of Josh can ask Alexa to remind them of all that they can do with the Josh Skill just by saying “Alexa, what can I say in Josh?”
Oppo Announced New Improvements to its MyOPPO App
OPPO India announced the upgradation of its newly launched MyOPPO App with a community platform to offer product benefits and services to its loyal customers. MyOPPO Club is a loyalty program designed for OPPO users to activate their membership, enjoy benefits, earn points and experience more exclusive services.
In line with OPPO’s growing focus on digital, these loyalty programme consists of Reward Points which can be used to redeem various rewards, while experience points are used to rise through the membership tiers. Users can earn these experience points by purchasing an OPPO mobile through various channels to participate in interactive activities on the app. The points are exclusive to OPPO Users and can be used to redeem various rewards and games. The validity period of points for each user will be 365 days from the date that such a tier is awarded.
MyOPPO APP offers a total 4 different tiers of Membership – Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Inventor, each of of them is entitled with certain benefits to claim under each tier such as 24X7 platinum care, free screen guard and back cover, free pick up and drop for repair, free software upgrade, and free mobile checking along with other in-app benefits by claiming points.
My OPPO App’ also allows users to enjoy exclusive service experiences, special discounts, points collection to make redemption on OPPO Products & discount vouchers. Moreover, ‘My OPPO App’ also offers discounts on Extended Warranty for 1 Year for selected modeles, Exclusive Discounts on Accessories, IoT products, repairing cost and Free Smartphone Cleaning and Sanitizing.
The platform is designed to create interactive customer touchpoints & upgrade our user experience. It allows users to easily find information about products including tips and tricks, ownership advice etc, enabled with allowing direct interaction with the OPPO Service team. Users will also be able to share their interest in OPPO devices with others to exchange information and cultivate more passion for the brand!
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