Message CEO Pavel Durov reported today that the iOS version of Telegram will be updated to support group video calls in May. The company initially planned to add the video call feature to its messaging service sooner or later in 2020, yet the feature won’t ever materialized. Telegram did in any event make it into the new year with one video call addition: end-to-end encrypted one-on-one video calls were included August 2020.
Durov’s declaration of the new launch date was shared — normally — in his own Telegram channel. He composes that group video calls will have:
Screen sharing, encryption, noise-cancelling, desktop and tablet support — everything you can expect from a modern video conferencing tool, but with Telegram-level UI, speed and encryption.
Telegram already offers end-to-end encryption on its one-on-one video calling, however the organization hasn’t explicitly affirmed the feature here. They have reached out to confirm that it plans to offer the same on group video calls when they launch in May.
Telegram has developed significantly over the pandemic, taking advantage of the shift to working from home and the general desire to stay connected securely. The organization declared it arrived at 400 million month to month dynamic clients in April 2020, up from 200 million out of 2018. A portion of that has to do with its competitor, WhatsApp, fumbling how it conveyed its new security strategy to clients, which motivated a few clients to leave the Facebook-owned application for Telegram and Signal.
Notwithstanding appearing to be somewhat less agile, WhatsApp really beat Telegram to offering end-to-end encrypted group video calls. The organization added bunch video and voice bringing in 2018.