Messaging app Telegram has launched video calling as more and more people rely on video conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“2020 highlighted the need for face-to-face communication, and our alpha version of video calls is now available on both Android and iOS,” Telegram said in a blog post. “You can start a video call from your contact’s profile page, and switch video on or off at any time during voice calls.”
“Like all other video content on Telegram, video calls support picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to scroll through chats and multitask while maintaining eye contact,” the blog post reads.
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The app guarantees that end-to-end encryption protects all video calls made on this platform.
“To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on-screen for you and your chat partner – if they match, your call is 100% secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram’s Secret Chats and Voice Calls,” the blog post explains.
Fox Business reported that Telegram, “which ran afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission after a cryptocurrency sale went awry,” added that more features would be coming in the future.
“Video calls will receive more features and improvements in future versions, as we work toward launching group video calls in the coming months. But for this midyear milestone, you can now enjoy a little one-on-one time with those closest to you, whether they’re in the other room or on another continent,” the blog post reads.