Telegram developers have released a new update of the popular messaging app and, as always, there is no shortage of news. The application switches to version 8.2 which brings with it new tools for searching shared media, a ‘setting to request approval from admins in invitation links, global chat themes, and more. The update comes a few weeks after the important milestone of one billion installations from the Android Play Store.
HYPER-FAST SCROLL AND CALENDAR VIEW FOR SHARED MEDIA
The developers have developed new tools to allow users to move more easily in the “Shared Media” section, the unlimited cloud space where photos, videos, files and music sent can be stored. On the right side of the section a new date bar has been inserted which can be dragged up and down to speed up media browsing . It is also possible to pinch to enlarge and reduce the screen: in this way you can switch between view that focuses on a couple of large images to a mosaic one that shows many more, smaller in size.
To find the media shared at a specific time it is also possible to use alla Calendar view , which arranges the media previews for each day on a calendar. Just a tap on the specific day to view the media. Finally, it is possible to filter the media shared to show only photos, only videos or both. Please note that to view shared media simply tap the title at the top of the screen in any chat and scroll down. To open the new menu, select the three dots icon.
ACCESS REQUESTS FOR GROUPS AND CHANNELS
Telegram version 8.2 gives to group administrators and channels more control over the users who can join part. When creating an additional invitation link , you can use the new one setting “Requires approval” . Selecting it, when the user opens a link with an approval request they will see a button to send the access request that admins can manage from a new bar at the top of the chat. From this section, administrators will be able to view public profile photos and the bio of whoever requested access, and then decide whether to approve the request or reject it.
The approval of the directors can be applied to any link in the “Additional Invitation Links” section. To improve the ‘organization of the links , the option for has been introduced assign unique names to each link .
GLOBAL CHAT THEMES ON IOS
The previous update of Telegram to version 8.1 introduced 8 new themes applicable to individual chats, with version 8.2 these themes can be extended to the whole app . The news is available for the moment in the iOS version of Telegram , but it will arrive soon also on Android . Each theme has a day mode and a night mode, animated wallpapers and gradient message bubbles. You can also customize the themes by changing colors or patterns. To choose your custom theme options and settings, simply select the “Chat Themes” option.
TRAVEL TIME FOR SHARED LOCATIONS ON IOS
You can report where you are and where you are headed by submitting a location from the attachments menu in the message bar. By touching a shared place , a map of the area showing the travel time to reach it on foot, by car or by public transport. To view detailed information, just tap on the travel time, in this way the preferred navigation / cartographic app will be launched. It should be noted that travel times are displayed for both static positions and for those shared in real time .
The function will arrive soon also on Android .
CAPTIONS OF IMMEDIATE MEDIA ON IOS
The text written in the message bar is automatically converted to a caption when attaching a media . This way you no longer have to rewrite, cut and paste the text. The system also works with cloud drafts (you can then write the message on your computer, attach the photo from your smartphone and send everything together). This feature will also be integrated into the Android version with a future update.
UPDATED SETTINGS FOR IOS 15
Application settings have been redesigned to fit the iOS style 15. For example, the notification and sticker settings have been streamlined. The Devices section offers a clearer overview of active sessions, through new icons (just a tap on the single device to view more details or log out remotely).
NEW INTERACTIVE EMOJI
The update introduces more interactive emojis: they can be sent in any private chat and, like the previous ones, they give life to a full-screen animation that is activated with a tap on them. The new interactive emojis are as follows:
These are some of the new animations in full screen: