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Telegram 5 Gains In-App Notifications and Swift Code Rebuild for Faster Speeds

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Telegram received a major update today that includes new in-app notifications and a complete rewrite of the encrypted messaging app in Apple's Swift coding language, resulting in all-round faster performance and better energy efficiency.


On the face of it, the Telegram 5.0 interface looks just like the previous version, but the developers say that rebuilding the app in Swift has made it "faster, sleeker and more battery-friendly," and has also removed a bunch of persistent bugs.

The speed improvements should be immediately noticeable, particularly when viewing animations in chat threads and syncing messages across multiple devices. At the same time, the new in-app notifications allow users to keep on top of new messages without leaving conversations. From the Telegram blog:
The new expandable in-app notifications will help you focus on whatever you're doing in the app without having to ignore incoming messages. When a notification arrives, pull it down to open the relevant chat. When you're done with the interruption, simply close it to get right back to what you were doing.
Elsewhere, the app now includes streaming support for audio files and improved navigation for busy chats, while the app icon message counter has been tweaked so that it no longer shows the number of unread messages in muted chats, which should make it a lot more informative.

Telegram is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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smartygus

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They removed the Apple Watch app, which is rather disappointing. Communication is one of the main use cases for the Apple Watch alongside fitness.
Their Telegram X app, which was like the incubator for this new codebase, also had no Apple Watch app, and I was kinda hoping that they would add one back in before replacing the main Telegram all with the new codebase but alas it seems they went ahead with the update without an Apple Watch app.
 

SnarkyBear

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I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.
 

JokerPower

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I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.

1. iMessage is only for iOS. Telegram is available on every platform
2. iMessage is only for messaging. Telegram is both text and audio
3. iMessage may be secure, but I trust Telegram (just read news about their encounter with Russian FSB)
4. Telegram interface is more organized.
 

alleggerita

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Improved battery efficiency plus the night mode on OLED equipped devices (X, XS, XS Max), I’m sure it’s gonna be awesome.
 

User 6502

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I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.
Because you can use it also with people that don't have an iPhone, which are by far the majority.
 

medee88

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I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.
To add something on, it’s like what iMessage should be. You can even edit messages for typos, reply to messages which allows you to autoquote so you know where you are in conversations.

I originally started using it as I have a friend who uses windows to work and hated signal’s application for Mac and loosing my messages when I switched devices. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and feel like their software is top notch IMO.
 
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Pangalactic

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I don't get it, looks just like Apple's Messages app. Why use a third party app? Not trying to be sarcastic, please enlighten me.


Far more secure and trustworthy about your data, available on all platforms, has wonderful group chats and secret chats with wonderful audio message support, has a lot of channels you can subscribe to (think like Reddit but in message mode), two step authentication, document sending, temporary images, and so on
 
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WBRacing

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Love telegram, it's brilliant. Had to use whatsapp recently and it is awful by comparison.
So pleased that virtually everyone I know now uses it, would definitely encourage people to give it a go.
 

Bustycat

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It is still pitiful that it hasn’t included the Chinese localisation. Most of people here in Taiwan choose to use some craps like LINE, as they cannot understand Telegram in English.
 

zorinlynx

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Telegram group chats are a big reason I use it. I'm in a whole bunch of group chats, some of them with upwards of 300 members. We goof off and have a great time.

It's so good that it's managed to replace IRC for many of us who used to use it heavily. And the best part is it works great on both desktop and mobile devices, unlike IRC which is pretty much garbage on mobile.
 

hank moody

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1. iMessage is only for iOS. Telegram is available on every platform
2. iMessage is only for messaging. Telegram is both text and audio
3. iMessage may be secure, but I trust Telegram (just read news about their encounter with Russian FSB)
4. Telegram interface is more organized.

5. Send, receive and open any file until 1,5GB
6. Groups of infinite people
7. Public channels
8. Usernames, so you dont have to discosure your number to strangers
9. Secret chats
10. PiP of videos
11. Playlists inside the app
12. Instant view of articles and websites inside the app
13. Themes
14. Amazing stickers FREE
15. Amazing UI
16. Share location with a group
17. Send files without compression
18. Encrypted calls with amazing quality
19. Audio messages that actually work and you can hear them
20. Pinned chats
21. Pinned messages inside groups
22. Message replys
23. And so on

iMessage is so archaic when compared to Telegram
 
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Textime

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5. Send, receive and open any file until 1,5GB
6. Groups of infinite people
7. Public channels
8. Usernames, so you dont have to discosure your number to strangers
9. Secret chats
10. PiP of videos
11. Playlists inside the app
12. Instant view of articles and websites inside the app
13. Themes
14. Amazing stickers FREE
15. Amazing UI
16. Share location with a group
17. Send files without compression
18. Encrypted calls with amazing quality
19. Audio messages that actually work and you can hear them
20. Pinned chats
21. Pinned messages inside groups
22. Message replys
23. And so on

iMessage is so archaic when compared to Telegram
iMessages voice message quality is so 60s but hey we have mimoji instead!
 
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CollinH

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100% free and no ads. Would someone mind explaining how the developer supports itself and the necessary bandwidth and infrastructure?

If the product is free, chances are you're the product.
 
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User 6502

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100% free and no ads. Would someone mind explaining how the developer supports itself and the necessary bandwidth and infrastructure?

If the product is free, chances are you're the product.
The only chance I see is that you are repeating an Apple slogan without informing yourself. Telegram uses an open protocol that anyone can analyse, and anyone can write alternative apps compatible with it. Nobody so far managed to break the encryption or to find backdoors or other ways the developer could have to steal your data. So no, you are not the product.
 

smirk

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I’ve never heard of Telegram before but it sounds great. Does the other person have to have a Telegram account or does it fall back to SMS like Messages.app? I’d like to use it but I’ll guess that most of my friends and family aren’t on it.
 

AJACs3

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Yup. I kept this app as a backup communication method, and when I noticed the Watch app was gone, “somehow” the iPhone app disappeared from my phone. :p
 

Pangalactic

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100% free and no ads. Would someone mind explaining how the developer supports itself and the necessary bandwidth and infrastructure?

If the product is free, chances are you're the product.

The founder of Telegram was also the founder of the largest Russian social network Vkontakte (vk.com) now with over 300 mil users, and his net worth is around $2bn. Pretty sufficient for running such a company. Interesting fact - he more or less got kicked out of the company due to disagreeing to disclose user data to the Russian special services.

Also, they raised $850M this year for the ICO.


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I’ve never heard of Telegram before but it sounds great. Does the other person have to have a Telegram account or does it fall back to SMS like Messages.app? I’d like to use it but I’ll guess that most of my friends and family aren’t on it.

Yup, the other people also have to use Telegram. It's getting more popular in the US, is relatively popular in Europe and is insanely popular in eastern Europe and Russia. Don't know about Asia:D
 

jav6454

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I want to switch over to Telegram, it has nice features. I have been using WhatsApp ever since it started (back when it was $0.99). However, now that WhatsApp is part of Facebook, I don’t trust it being “secure”.
 
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