Telegram continues to develop very interesting new functions for its app: if it previously aimed to surpass WhatsApp, now the goal seems to be even higher.
For some months now, the development team Telegram has put turbo in early August came to the latest stable version, the one with ” Video messages 2.0 ” up to 1,000 participants, now comes Telegram beta 8.0.0, which brings with it a change to the channels that could potentially revolutionize Telegram itself.
Pavel Durov’s app, in fact, after having overtaken WhatsApp for a long time in terms of functionality, could now even aim to challenge Facebook thanks to a really strong novelty: the possibility of scrolling with a single swipe all the new messages published in all the channels to which the user is subscribed.
Therefore, the scrolling in the media becomes infinite, and all the channels are grouped and managed in a completely different way than in the past. It doesn’t take long to understand that the Telegram channel feed has become a very interesting alternative to the Facebook feed. Especially because, within the channels, it is now also possible to launch live video chats to communicate with subscribers.
Telegram Beta 8.0.0: The Channels
Let’s start by illustrating the news to the channels, which are the largest but not the only ones announced by the Telegram beta. Now the channels are grouped in a special feed, and when the user finishes reading the last message of a channel, an icon appears, but only if there are other messages still unread in other channels.
If the user taps the icon, it automatically switches to the next channel to read these messages. Then switch to the other and the other again until it reads all messages in all channels. If in the meantime, some channel has published other messages, then we start over. Potentially indefinitely, if the user is subscribed to a large number of channels.
All this looks a lot like the Facebook feed, but it only concerns the channels that, on Telegram, can be equated with Facebook pages. Upon viewing the new channel message, it is not managed by an algorithm. Still, it is straight, and that’s a huge incentive for companies to open a Telegram channel because when the new feed comes to all users, Telegram is seen on this platform will be a lot easier.
But not only that: live video chats also arrive on the channels, previously reserved for groups, with the possibility of sharing the screen. This is also a novelty that companies will be able to exploit a lot for marketing purposes.
Telegram Beta 8.0.0: The Other News
Compared to those already described, the other innovations brought by the beta version 8.0.0 of Telegram seem minor, even if they are not so small. Here comes the possibility of applying color gradients to graphic themes, even to the boxes surrounding the chat text.
It is then possible to delete who has sent a message that we want to forward. There are also suggestions for choosing stickers, which also receive a tweak to the design.