Telegram crosses 500 million downloads on Google Play Store
Instant messaging service and WhatsApp-rival Telegram has now crossed 500 million downloads among Android users. The listing on Google Play Store now shows 500 million plus downloads.
Last month, the company claimed that it has now over 400 million users across the world. “Telegram has reached 400,000,000 monthly users, up from 300 million a year ago. Every day at least 1.5 million new users sign up for Telegram. Features like folders, cloud storage and desktop support make Telegram ideal for remote work and study during the quarantine,” noted the blog post.
Also, the company has announced that it is bringing group video calling features to its platform.
An official blog post by the company states, “The current global lockdown highlighted the need for a trusted video communication tool. Video calls in 2020 are much like messaging in 2013. There are apps that are either secure or usable, but not both. We’d like to fix that, and we will focus on bringing you secure group video calls in 2020.”
The blog post also noted some new features that have come to the app. A new sticker directory has been added where users can browse and search over 20,000 free Telegram stickers created in the last 5 years.
Prior to that, Telegram introduced a Discussion Button in a bid to let users access a separate group chat extension even on chat restricted channels. The feature allows admins to provide a whole new chat section associated with the specific channel, Telegram said.