Telegram has released an alpha version of one-on-one video calls for its Android and iOS devices, the firm said, “2020 has highlighted the need for face-to-face communication.”
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 want to talk to. During a call, users can turn video on or off at any point and the video calls allow picture-in-picture mode, meaning users can start to browse around the device if the call gets boring. Video calls would provide end-to-end encryption, one of the key aspects of the device for its audio calls and text, blog posts from Telegram say.
“Our apps for Android and iOS have reproducible builds, so anyone can verify encryption and confirm that their app uses the exact same open source code that we publish with each update,” the post says.
Telegram revealed in April it would launch group video calls later this year. They are yet to follow up on their promise, although the organization suggested in the new blog post that ” video calls will receive more features and improvements in future versions, as we work toward launching group video calls in the coming months. ”
In April Telegram said it had reached 400 million active monthly users.