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Telegram introduces Voice Chats 2.0 to allow live audio chats with millions

Telegram’s new feature allows users to have live audio chats with an unlimited number of live listeners.

Noreen Shazreen

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Published: 22 March 2021, 1:50 PM

Do you enjoy having live discussions with others on audio chats? With Telegram’s Voice Chats 2.0, you can now conduct live audio chats with an unlimited number of participants.

Telegram is a platform that works just like popular instant messaging apps WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. If you are an avid user of the app, you’d know that it had recently introduced its latest update, Voice Chats 2.0.

Voice Chats was first introduced in Dec 2020 to allow live audio chats amongst users. In its latest update released on Mar 19, millions of listeners are now able to tune in to live voice chats. 

The update comes after the recent rise in popularity of audio chat applications such as Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces.

On Voice Chats 2.0, admins of channels and public groups have all the controls to host voice chats. 

Admins will also be able to record and save voice chats for listeners who missed the live event, which can be published afterward on the Telegram channel or public group.

They will also be able to create and send out invite links to fellow listeners which will open to the voice chat right away. To avoid unmuting important guests when they join the voice chat, separate links can be created for speakers and listeners.

 

Listeners are able to tap and raise their hands to alert admins if they want to speak. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM TELEGRAM

 

Voice Chats allow users to input their bio where they can write down their expertise, hobbies or just tell other listeners more about themselves. This bio will be made visible to other listeners in the channel. 

Besides that, users have the option to join a voice chat in a channel using their personal account or as one of their channels. 

 

This new feature was introduced so that celebrities and public figures can join a voice chat while maintaining privacy on their personal accounts. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM TELEGRAM

 

Other Telegram features available on the new update include being able to cancel forwarding messages or choosing a different chat before the messages are sent to the recipient. Users can also resume playback from where they left off when listening to long voice chats.

A feature to swipe left in the chat list was also introduced to Android users. Users can choose between actions such as archiving chats, pinning, muting, deleting, or marking the messages as read. 

These features have already been made available to existing iOS users. 

The latest version of Telegram is available on the App Store and Google Play as a free update for users who would like to try out Voice Chats. 


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