Telegram has released an update for its apps on desktop, Android and iOS that increases the number of free animated reactions. A new way to share profile links is also being introduced, among other improvements.
More free reactions for all users
There is a new control panel that can be accessed by right-clicking (or single tapping on the mobile app) a message on Telegram desktop. Click the down arrow button to expand the panel and access all available reactions. Telegram says dozens of animated reactions (40 to be exact) are available for all users for free. The panel lists your most used reactions at the top and in the unexpanded state. Telegram reactions are available in personal chats and group chats, admins can choose to allow some or all reactions in their groups.
There are several emoji reaction packs that users can unlock by subscribing to Telegram Premium, which might explain the name the service has given these, Infinite Reactions. Premium users can choose up to 3 reactions per message.
Super Reactions are now supported in the mobile app, these display a larger animation on the screen for both the sender and the recipient. To send a super reaction, just press and hold a reaction for a few seconds. The animations are pretty decent too.
Telegram’s blog article mentions a new feature exclusive to Premium subscribers. You can now add an animated emoji to your profile status. The icon appears next to your name and replaces the premium badge in your chat list, profile, and groups.
It also has 7 default statuses that automatically change color to match your Telegram theme.
The messaging app has a slightly simpler method of sharing usernames. Previously, Telegram users could share their profile using a link like t.me/username or https://t.me/username. The new username links don’t require a slash, so you can just type username.t.me. This makes it easier to share a link to your Telegram profile.
Improvements in Telegram for Android – prioritize downloads,
Users can now prioritize file downloads in the Telegram app for Android from the Downloads tab (in the search view). When downloading multiple files, hold one of the items and drag up or down to rearrange the order of downloading the files, with the top one having the highest priority. This feature is already available in the iOS app.
The Android app has received some improvements to the animations that appear when you access media files in chats. The latest version of the app is able to change the color of the Telegram icon to match your phone’s theme color and dark mode settings. This feature is exclusive to devices running Android 13 or later.
New sign-in options in the iOS app
With the Telegram app on iOS, you can now log in with your email address to receive a login code (2-step authentication). It also supports signing in with Apple or Google.
It’s good to see that Telegram is working on improvements and cosmetic features for free users. What do you think of these updates?