Telegram is not the most secure messenger, but it is one of the most feature-rich and convenient platforms. It’s packed with handy features and it doesn’t look like the creators of the app are planning to stop adding new features anytime soon. Telegram’s latest Android beta, version 8.4, includes some highly anticipated features like spoiler text formatting and emoji reactions.
As for reactions, there are 11 emoji to choose from to react to a message. They are available when you tap on the speech bubble you received or sent (yes, you can react to your own messages). The available emoji consist of thumbs up, thumbs down, heart, laugh, party popper, fire, shock, up to a pile of poop and vomit. Individuals can only choose to react with one of them – any new reaction from a person replaces the one they selected previously.
Reactions and spoilers have been part of the iOS beta for a while now, but back then we didn’t have any images or videos showing the features on Android. It’s a thing of the past, and as expected, reactions and spoilers are almost identical on iOS and Android. When chatting you can long press and highlight the text you’re about to send and tap a new ‘spoiler’ style option in the menu that will hide your handwriting until you or your recipients. press it. This works for both full posts and individual words or sections.
Another cool addition to the beta is a snowy winter background, with slowly falling snowflakes. You could say it’s coming a bit late considering that Christmas has passed (at least in most parts of the world), but hey, snow will be a dominant part of everyday life for a few months to come.
Telegram’s beta is not available on the Play Store. Instead, you’ll need to download it from the company repository on Microsoft App Center, which it uses to distribute future versions of its apps. The advantage is that you can leave the stable version of Telegram on your phone intact, as Telegram Beta installs as a separate app.
Before trying all of these features on your friends, keep in mind that everyone needs to be using the beta to enjoy it. Feedback can only be seen by those using version 8.4, and the spoiler-style text will appear as normal text to anyone using the stable version. You will either have to convince your friends to download the beta or wait a bit until Telegram releases version 8.4 as a stable version.
Summary of the news:
- For Android, Telegram Beta 8.4 adds spoiler design and emoji reactions
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