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2023-12-02 7:25 AM

Telegram’s Mega Update: 3 Game-Changing Features Every User Should Know About Now

  • Voice Transcriptions for All: Telegram opens voice-to-text for everyone, but free users are limited to transcribing two messages weekly.
  • Discover Similar Channels: New feature suggests public channels based on subscriber similarities, enhancing user connections and interests.
  • Enhanced Premium Features: Premium users get individual chat wallpapers, profile customization, and an engaging iOS message vaporizing animation.
By Lethabo Ntsoane

Telegram, a popular messaging platform, has rolled out a slew of new features in its latest update for Android and iOS users. This update brings enhanced functionalities to both paying and non-paying users, aiming to enrich the messaging experience for the diverse Telegram community.

Voice Transcriptions for All Users

In a notable move, Telegram has made its voice-to-text transcription feature accessible to all users, breaking away from its previous restriction to Telegram Premium subscribers. Now, even free users can transcribe voice and video messages, or translate audio into different languages. However, there is a catch – while Premium subscribers enjoy unlimited access, free users are limited to transcribing only two messages per week. This democratization of the transcription feature opens up new possibilities for users who may not be subscribed to the premium service.

Similar Channels Feature for Seamless Discovery

Telegram has introduced the “Similar Channels” feature, aiming to simplify the process of discovering new channels aligned with users’ interests. When joining a new channel, Telegram will now provide a list of other public channels that share similarities in their subscriber bases. This innovative feature enhances user engagement and fosters connections within the Telegram community.

Boosting Channel Audiences and Performance Insights

Another exciting addition is the ability for users to boost the audience of their favorite channels. By reposting stories to their own page, users can share content and contribute to the growth of their preferred channels. This feature allows for the addition of new content, such as text, audio, or video messages, to the reposted stories. Additionally, Telegram introduces a performance statistics view, displaying crucial metrics such as story views, shares, and reactions for channels that can post stories.

Here’s a quick overview of the new features:

Voice TranscriptionsAll UsersFree users limited to two messages per week
Similar ChannelsAll UsersN/A
Boosting Channel AudiencesAll UsersN/A
Performance Statistics ViewChannels with Story PostingN/A

Cosmetic Enhancements for Premium Users

Premium Telegram users in South Africa will now have the ability to customize their messaging experience further. They can set wallpapers on individual chats, creating a visually appealing environment for both themselves and their chat partners. Additionally, premium users can elevate their profile pages by customizing them with a unique color/logo combination.

Message Vaporizing Animation for iOS Users

Adding a touch of creativity, Telegram introduces a new message vaporizing animation exclusively for iOS users. Messages set to auto-delete after a certain time limit will now vanish in a pixel explosion, providing a visually engaging experience.

This update signifies Telegram’s commitment to enhancing user experience and making innovative features more accessible to a broader audience. As the transcription feature rolls out gradually, users in South Africa are encouraged to update their apps and explore these exciting additions. Stay connected, stay engaged, and make the most of the enriched Telegram experience.

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: lethabo@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo