Telegram Update 4.0 Adds Video Messages, Bot Payments & More

Telegram Messenger updated w/ video support, bot payments, & new Instant View platform

You can also lock the camera in recording mode by swiping up. "Such invoice messages feature a photo and description of the product along with a prominent Pay button", says Telegram on its blog page. Update your Telegram app to start reading through Instant View. This now works when recording audio, too.

Another one of the new features in Telegram 4.0 is called Telescope, which allows user to record a video message and then post it outside of the app to other platforms.

Finally, a more user-focused addition is video messages. The new Instant View Platform is a follow-up to the Instant View feature that was released a year ago. "Bot Payments also support Apple Pay for a completely frictionless experience", the company said.

Moving on, the update also marks the launch of Telescope (telesco.pe).

This Messaging App claims that the all-new version 4.0 is the "mother of all Telegram Updates". In the new update, Telegram users can make digital payments using the service.

Telegram extends the Bot platform to equip them for fetching payments if you shop for goods and services online.

The only thing we can buy in @ShopBot will be a time machine as a demo so you can see how it works.

Other than the chatbots, Telegram's Instant View will allow users to open the compressed version of links, allowing users to have a quick glance. Telescope videos, like Telegram video messages, are clips up to a minute long, but they'll be publicly available through a direct URL, even to people without Telegram accounts. When you hit Pay, you can fill in your shipping and payment information and confirm the transaction. "The bot uses these instructions to create a slim and attractive Instant View representation of the source page", explains the team. On clicking Pay, a user is prompted to enter their card details and then checkout. With Instant View, Telegram users can enjoy articles from any mass media or blogs in a uniform and easily readable way.

Added themes for Instant View pages: read articles in a dark, grey, or sepia environment, choose font type and size, auto-nightmode supported.

Telegram has also announced a contest for rule makers where the top contender will get $10,000 (roughly Rs. 65 lakh) for describing the most contest domains with their templates.

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