Secured messaging app Telegram has released an alpha version of one-on-one video calls on both it’s Android and iOS devices, the company reported, “highlighted the need for face-to-face contact” in 2020.
Telegram explained the procedure for beginning a video call in a blog post marking its seventh anniversary: tap the profile page of the person you wish to talk to. During a call, users can turn the video on or off at any time and the video calls support picture-in-picture mode, so users can continue to browse through the device if the call is boring. Video calls would have end-to-end encryption, blog posts from Telegram say one of the distinguishing features of the device for its audio calls and text.
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“Our Android and iOS apps have reproducible builds, so everyone can test encryption and confirm that their software uses the very same open-source code that we’re publishing for each update,” the post says.
Telegram revealed in April it would begin video community calls later this year. This is not entirely so, but the company suggested in the latest blog post that “phone calls will receive more functionality and enhancements in future releases as we are moving on community video calls in the coming months.”
In April Telegram said it had exceeded 400 million active monthly users.