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Telegram Bring New Interesting Features to Elevate User Experience

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Telegram Messenger in its latest update has launched new series of interesting features to enhance user experience. These include the Telegram Emoji Platform, animated emoji in messages and captions, custom emoji packs, the ability to give Telegram Premium as a gift, a new privacy setting for voice messages, and more.

Recently, Telegram surpassed 700 million active users and introduced its premium services. This move lets anyone support the development of Telegram and get access to exclusive additional features which are extensive in nature. Moreover, to further improve this experience, the app has introduced some premium features along with its regular app update mentioned below.

Commenting on this occasion Pavel Durov, Founder and CEO, Telegram on his blog said, “It was an interesting engineering challenge to ensure that hundreds of vector-based emoji with smooth animations could simultaneously play on the screen of any mobile phone. Telegram is the first company ever to have implemented this in a mobile app. Adding custom emoji to the text of any message is just the first step of the upcoming visual revolution on Telegram.

In a few weeks, users will be able to add any custom emoji as a reaction to a message and display an emoji as their current status next to their name. All of this will become available to Premium subscribers first because they are the ones who make it possible for Telegram to stay free and private for everyone.” 

Gifting Telegram Premium

Premium users can now share their exclusive experience with friends, family and coworkers by sending them a prepaid subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months – at a discount. 

Custom Animated Emoji

With this new open emoji platform, premium users can upload custom packs with unique art styles and characters. Premium users can access to 10 initial custom emoji packs, containing more than 500 Premium emoji. These new animated emoji can be included in the text of messages and media captions, giving more emotion to chats Further, non-premium users can see all the custom emoji and also use them for free in their Saved Messages chat to try them out – or to add extra flair to notes and reminders.

Interactive Custom Emoji

Telegram has updated the most used and popular custom emojis into interactive emoji. Where, when sent in 1-on-1 chats – any user can tap to play synchronized, full-screen effects.  

New Sticker, GIF and Emoji Panel on iOS

The new sticker panel launched in the latest update has a new look on iOS, with separate tabs for stickers, GIFs and emoji – just like on the Android, desktop and web apps. On all apps, the GIF section now has thousands of high-quality GIFs from users’ favorite movies and shows.

Premium Privacy Settings for Voice Messages

Now premium users can enjoy an additional privacy setting – users can choose specific people or groups of users that can never or always send voice messages like Everyone, My Contacts, or Nobody option. 

More Interactive Emoji

In this new update, users who love interactive emoji can now enjoy animated emoji that display a full-screen effect when tapped in a 1-on-1 chat. Premium users can use these emojis as reactions as well. Further, any user can increase the counters for exclusive reactions that were already added to a message by Premium subscribers.

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CRED Releases Scan & Pay Feature for UPI Payments

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CRED launched ‘Scan & Pay’ – a UPI payment experience for members on the app. Now, members can make UPI payments from their bank accounts linked to the CRED app, by scanning any QR code. 

The Scan & Pay feature extends the CRED experience – frictionless, trusted and designed for delight – for payments everywhere our members go. It enhances the utility of the CRED platform, drives value for members in addition to credit cards by adding a trust layer to UPI, and creates new opportunities for merchant partners. For CRED members the UPI payment experience has been made bespoke and personal with flairs and skins and 2X rewards on partner merchants. It also makes payment experience safer and trusted with inbuilt features offering more privacy, payment protection and transparency with dynamic messaging. 

Highlights of Scan and Pay feature:

  • Trusted 
    • Payment Protection – your payments are CRED protected. Every Scan & Pay payment is protected on CRED.  If the payment is stuck and awaiting confirmation from the recipient’s bank, CRED members can skip the anxiety and initiate another transaction. Members can be assured that they will be credited money back in cases where a payment has been  debited, not reached the recipient, and is later deemed successful. This feature is available as a CRED member privilege for payments made using Scan & Pay. T&C apply* 
    • Secure UPI ID with custom VPA – switch to true anonymity. create an alias UPI ID. While using Scan & Pay, CRED Protectwill actively nudge members to protect their identity by creating an alias UPI ID- helping them mask personal details like mobile numbers, ensuring enhanced privacy during payments. Once Custom VPAs are activated, payments will be made via members’ alias UPI ID by default. 
  • Designed for delight 
    • Customizable experience – every payment puts members in the spotlight. Scan & Pay offers an elevated experience by allowing members to add flairs. A new way to engage on the CRED app, members can personalize their scanner by adding these accessories by redeeming their  CRED coins. 
      • Flairs – Neopop – the distinctive CRED design language – is built on the premise of making art a part of members’ daily lives. Members can now view a curation of artworks specially made by CRED designers and make them their own. The first series of artworks is created on the theme of ‘utopian objects’, a unique take on the artifacts that would become a part of your daily life if we were living in the perfect world. 
  • Rewarding – Extending the CRED promise of making payments rewarding, members using Scan & Pay can get 2X rewards at partner merchants, deals on marquee brands, cashbacks, and curated experiences. 
  • Frictionless – With smart recommendations and a smart scanner that automatically zooms in on the QR code, even in low light, Scan & Pay has been built for a fast, seamless experience where one scan is all it takes.

Kunal Shah, Founder, CRED said, “CRED was built with the creditworthy in mind. The country’s top 1% have set the stage for how India consumes and we believe they deserve an experience that celebrates their contribution. India has been leading digital payments adoption with revolutionary made-in-India products and UPI is delta-4 enabling infrastructure for innovation at scale. The all-new CRED pay experience builds on top of this with privacy-first features, personalisation and other member exclusives.

With Scan & Pay enabled on CRED pay, retail merchants can offer an instant payment experience, create unique constructs and build enduring relationships with CRED member-customers, the most creditworthy in India with a high propensity for spending. Partner brands offering curated rewards to CRED members using Scan & Pay range from Starbuck, Shoppers Stop, Puma, and Chaayos among others. 

How to access the ‘Scan & Pay’ feature on CRED pay: 

  • Step One: Open the CRED app
  • Step Two: Click on Scan & Pay at the top right hand corner on the homescreen or swipe left. You can also long press the CRED app icon on your smartphone and click on the Scan & Pay option 
  • Step Three: Scan any QR code with the scanner or add UPI Id
  • Step Four: Add your UPI pin 
  • Step Five: Wait for updates to be shared through dynamic messaging till the payment is processed to merchant
  • Step Six: Enjoy the rewards you earn for every payment, ranging from 2x rewards on partner merchants, deals on marquee brands, cashbacks, and curated experiences. 

Unified Payments Interface, piloted in April 2016, is a system that powers multiple bank accounts into a single mobile application merging several banking features, seamless fund routing and merchant payments into one hood. It also caters to the “Peer to Peer” collect request which can be scheduled and paid as per requirement and convenience. 

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Telegram Elevates User Chat Experience with New Features

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Telegram Messenger in its latest update has released Infinite Reactions, Emoji Statuses, and much more to enhance the user chat experience. Telegram’s previous update has revolutionized the usage of emojis by adding an open platform for creating custom animated emojis. With the latest update, Telegram aims to provide users with ways to engage these new emoticons while chatting where they can express their feelings better.

Infinite Reactions

All users now have access to dozens of reactions – including those that were previously only available with Telegram Premium. Telegram has accommodated all the new emojis and expanded the reaction panel. The reactions which users prefer using frequently will now be shown at the top. Additionally, users with a premium subscription, can now choose reactions from an infinite selection of custom emojis and use 3 reactions per message. The changes are currently available in groups and 1-on-1 chats. Also, group admins can control whether custom reactions may be used in their groups or not.

Emoji Statuses With this latest update, premium users can add an animated emoji status, displayed next to their name (in place of the Premium Badge of a user in the chat list), and let people know how they are feeling or doing currently. Users can set 7 standard statuses that change the colour to match different Telegram themes or choose from an infinite number of custom emojis.

Improved Login Flow

Users who log in and out frequently can now receive login codes through their email address or using Sign in with Apple or Sign in with Google. Signing up or logging in to Telegram on iOS is now even more streamlined and easy along with the new interfaces and fun animations with which Android users are already familiar.

New Username Links

To date, all @usernames on Telegram have their own t.me/username links that make it easy for users to share their public profile, group or channel anywhere on the internet. The latest update allows users to have a new unique link format username – username.t.me – to emphasize their name.

Prioritize Downloads on Android

Now Android users can enjoy additional download settings – users can now press and hold any items in the list to reorder them and change their priority. Further, media and files that are actively downloading can be managed in the ‘Downloads’ tab of Search or by tapping the Downloads Android icon that appears in the user’s chat list.

Android Goodies

In this new update, Android users can now enjoy new smooth animations added for opening, closing, and changing media on Android. Users on Android 13 or newer can choose a thematic Telegram icon that will automatically match the phone’s dark mode settings and accent color.

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Care4Parents Brings Innovative EazyHealth App for Working Adults

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Care4Parents has recently launched Eazyhealth app for the age group between 30-50 years with the motive to provide at-home services for working adults who struggle to keep their health in-check. The idea is when so many products and services can be ordered at the click of a button and delivered at one’s convenience at the doorstep, why not good health?

The motive behind the launch is to provide all healthcare services at one point while enabling medical history on the digital platform, real-time access to family members, access to a General physician 24*7. It enables users to link their wearable bands, medical devices, and healthcare apps with EazyHealth app through ‘Link Devices’ feature in order to have all health data in one place. The doctor gets access to all physical activity and sleep data of users which helps in regular monitoring.

On the launch of app, Shuchita Gupta, Co-founder of Care4Parents said,”Seeing someone in agony and suffering is something many of us would rather avoid. How many individuals throughout the world are concerned about who will look after their loved ones if something goes wrong? We wanted to do something to aid this cause. We take away all the complexities/ headaches associated with healthcare (doctor appointments, nurses, physiotherapy, lab tests, etc.) by enabling them through technology and at-home services. We offer the convenience of time and space to our customers in their busy lives, so that they can approach their good health without hassle and constraints.”

Eazyhealth also digitises lab reports and prescriptions so that they can be accessed anywhere within the country or outside. Lab reports from two or more different labs can be compared, thus providing easy analysis of various parameters covered in the lab tests. Alongside, 24*7 Access to Emergency Support (Request an Ambulance in 500+ cities or Talk to Doctor)

Easyhealth is available on both iPhone and Android for free. It also offers some standard packages suitable for one and all.  Any specific healthcare requirement is also catered to if requested by any individual. It is currently serving customers in 89 cities across India.

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