Telegram gets one step closer to video calling with video messages
19 Mai, 2017, 22:08 | Author: Claudine Rigal
Messaging app Telegram rolled out video messaging, bot payments and other features on the platform, competing with other services, like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Telegram, which puts a focus on security, introduced chatbots almost two years ago, and now it is bringing support for payments for chatbots. Starting with version 4.0, Telegram users can now send video messages to one another two different ways: the mic icon to switch to camera mode, then tap and hold to record a video message or by swiping up while in hands-free mode. The most obvious is e-commerce, but real-life commerce through bots - for example, buy a coke in a shop by interacting with its bot - is a possibility that other companies beyond Telegram are considering.
"Currently, most of the payments are handled by Stripe, but Telegram Bot Payments are a platform for payment providers all over the world", read a Telegram blog post. Facebook added the very same feature to an initial 30,000 chatbots back in September.
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"If you have Telegram 4.0 (or newer) installed, you can order goods or services from bots that offer them".
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You can choose to send the message right after you're done recording, or you can replay and trim the video before sending, or you can delete it and try again.
That's what Telegram - which has some 100 million users - is promising, with the launch of its new Bot Payments.
The second novelty we found out is that of the video messages.
The feature is also being extended to channels, Telegram's broadcasting feature that lets individuals create groups for one-way communication. To send the message, simply release the recording button and the video will be sent. 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. This basically means you can put up a video which can be viewed by anyone from Telegram's public channels.
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