Telegram 4.0 released, bringing several major additions



The Instant View mode also offers options to customise the article's background between night or sepia mode.

Messaging app Telegram has announced an-all new update that bumps the app version to 4.0, and brings three major features - Bot Payments, Video messages, and Instant view platform.

The company looks to be following the footsteps of messaging giants like WeChat - where messaging apps are integrated with offline commerce and electronic wallets.

Telegram is available for free on the App Store. "Such invoice messages feature a photo and description of the product along with a prominent Pay button", says Telegram on its blog page. Additionally, Bot Payments support Apple Pay for a more seamless experience. "Once the transaction is done, the merchant bot sends a receipt message". You can also lock the camera in recording mode by swiping up. You'll be able to see video messages sent to you while going through other chats, as the video goes to the corner and continues paying.

All of the video messages recorded by Telegram are compressed in an effort to save mobile data and dispatch their contents more quickly, while the app itself will automatically download and play all recordings you receive. In an effort to not clutter the existing user interface of the app, Telegram developers decided to make the camera icon accessible by tapping the microphone icon, which will prompt a switch between the two.

"Telegram is an open platform, so bot developers can implement the necessary APIs and accept payments from users starting right now, without lengthy approval dramas", adds the team. The feature comes with settings that make reading easy for your eyes.

Introducing, where anyone can view video messages from public channels - no Telegram account required.

To encourage adoption of Instant View, Telegram is holding a contest with a $250,000 prize for those who work to enable Instant View for the entire web.

While short videos in the form of "stories" are getting fiercely familiar, Telegram chooses to integrate them into the chat window as Video Messages. Beyond merely showing the text of an article, Instant View pages support images, videos, and any other media.

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