Telegram Stories September 1

The popular messaging service Telegram just released its 8.0 update today with a few new features, but there’s an unfortunate loss for Android users. Unfortunately, it seems like Telegram has quietly killed off its Wear OS app.

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Telegram Stories April 26

Telegram revamps payments, adds voice chat scheduling, more

Telegram, one of the hottest private messaging apps, shared an update today with new features for its Android app, including a revamped payments system, voice chat scheduling, and more.

Telegram Stories February 25

Telegram adds widgets on Android, auto-delete for messages, new invites, and more

There are any number of reasons to try out a new messaging service, but if you’re on the hunt, Telegram should be one of your top choices. In its latest update, Telegram has just added support for a bunch of new features including auto-delete, expiring invites, and a widget on Android.

Telegram Stories January 28

This year has seen a spike in interest for secure messaging apps and one of our favorites, Telegram, is seizing the oppurtunity. With its latest update, Telegram is introducing the ability to import your chat history from other apps including WhatsApp.

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Telegram Stories August 17, 2020

Telegram has been built up as one of the better messaging apps available today, and with its latest updates, the app is getting two solid upgrades. Alongside the overdue arrival of video calling, Telegram is also supporting Android 11’s best messaging feature.

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Telegram Stories May 4, 2020

Telegram passes 500 million download milestone on the Google Play Store w/ 400 million users

Despite the dominance of WhatsApp messenger in vast swathes of the globe, Telegram has now surpassed the impressive 500 million download milestone on the Google Play Store.

Telegram Stories September 5, 2019

After Hours: Googling a vacation home, Facebook Dating, Telegram features, more

IFA 2019 is in full swing today with tons of big announcements, and we also got three major leaks for Google’s Pixel 4. In some of today’s smaller stories, Google is making it easier to get a vacation home, Facebook Dating hits the United States, and more.

Telegram Stories July 27, 2018

One of the scarier things you need to do to gain access to some apps – mostly financial ones – is to prove your identity by uploading a photo of official ID, like a driving license or passport. Most services say that the document will be deleted following verification, but it’s a process that requires a large degree of trust in the company.

This is an issue Telegram sets out to address in a new update hitting the iOS and Android apps today …

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Telegram Stories April 17, 2018

In an attempt to completely block the Telegram service in its country, the Russian government has broadly blocked Google and Amazon’s cloud services.

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Telegram Stories April 13, 2018

A few weeks ago, a court ordered messaging app Telegram to hand over encryption keys for messages to Russia’s KGB successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB). Telegram refused, and a court has now ordered that access to the service be blocked.

This was expected, but there’s one ‘you couldn’t make it up’ aspect to it which wasn’t …

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Telegram Stories March 29, 2018

Telegram down for some; firm says awaiting power equipment fix [U: Fixed]

Update: Now fixed.

Messaging app Telegram is down for many users in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and elsewhere …

Telegram Stories March 20, 2018

Telegram loses Supreme Court appeal in Russia, must hand over encryption keys

Not long after Telegram was pulled from Apple’s App Store when the company learned it was serving child pornography, the encrypted messaging app has lost a Supreme Court appeal in Russia, and been ordered to share its encryption keys with KGB successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB) …

Telegram Stories January 1, 2018

Telegram for Android now supports multiple accounts

Telegram is one of the more popular messaging clients available today, and recently the company behind the app have been adding new features. Now, the app is adding support for multiple accounts on the same device.

Telegram Stories September 4, 2017

Latest Telegram update adds new sticker features and tracks mentions & replies

Popular messaging app Telegram received an update over the weekend that adds a couple of new sticker features, and provides an easy way to ensure you don’t miss any replies or mentions in group chats …

Telegram Stories July 24, 2017

Secure messaging app Telegram has borrowed a feature from SnapChat in the form of photos & videos that disappear after a time-out.

You can now set a self-destruct timer for any photos and videos you share in private chats. If you set a timer, the countdown starts the moment your recipient opens the photo or video you sent. After the time runs out, the photo/video will disappear forever, just like in Secret Chats.

Telegram checks photos & videos to see whether they are publicly-available ones …

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Telegram Stories April 29, 2016

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Update: In a comment made to TNW, a Telegram spokesperson denied all acquisition rumors with a strongly-worded rebuttal.

“This is complete bullshit. There were no acquisition talks, no plans for any such thing either.”

You may remember quite a few years ago, it was rumored that Google was looking in to buying WhatsApp for $1 billion, and again later on for $10 billion. Both times, those rumors were denied by Google and — of course — we now know that even if they did bid, the deal didn’t go down.

Facebook bought the popular messaging app for a cool $19B, but Google seemingly hasn’t given up on strengthening its messaging portfolio. Reports from Russia are claiming that Google chief, Sundar Pichai once met with Telegram’s founder to discuss a $1 billion acquisition.

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Telegram Stories November 30, 2015

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp, which has nearly one billion active users, has today started a shady method of discouraging its users from switching to one of its primary competitors, Telegram. Telegram has been gaining in popularity recently and WhatsApp clearly is threatened by that. With a silent update pushed to WhatsApp this morning, the company began blocking links to Telegram.

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