Telegram has finally introduced the much-awaited video calling feature for android. The feature is however limited to beta version 0.7 or newer. Just 2 months back iOS devices got the video calling feature. Although the feature is in the beta stage, we can expect it to be made available to a stable version within a few weeks.
While rival apps like Whatsapp, Viber have had video calling for a long time, the telegram has been late to join the party. Although it has much richer features than, WhatsApp, Signal, Viber, etc. Group video calling feature which has been in trend after COVID-pandemic, is also in works and will be rolled out next.
Telegram is fully end-to-end encrypted and the founders, have committed to keeping the app free forever. Even they have been shifting the headquarters to prevent Government authorities asking for user data. The users are aware of this due to the growing privacy concerns. The total number of downloads on the Play store has now exceeded 500 million.
The video calling feature is similar to what other platforms have been offering. It has an on-screen button to flip between front and rear cameras, turn off/ on video button, mute, and hang-up buttons. Although there are few glitches as it is a beta version, soon it will be rolled out to all users. You can test the Video calling feature now by installing the beta APK from APK mirror or equivalent sites or register as a beta tester on the Google Play store.
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