Instant messaging app, Telegram has started a video call service in response to the need for face-to-face communication as the world goes virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company made the announcement during its seventh anniversary.
It said: “In 2013, we began as a small app focused on secure messaging and have since grown into a platform with over 400M users. Telegram is now one of the top 10 most-downloaded apps and is used all over the world to stay in touch with family, collaborate with classmates and coordinate coworkers.
“Today we’re adding the one you’ve been asking for – fast and secure video calls.
Telegram, in a blog post, noted that “2020 highlighted the need for face-to-face communication, and our alpha version of video calls is now available on both Android and iOS.
“You can start a video call from your contact’s profile page, and switch video on or off at any time during voice calls.
“Like all other video content on Telegram, video calls support picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to scroll through chats and multitask, while maintaining eye contact.”
According to the company, all video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption – the security confirmed by matching emojis shown on-screen on both ends of the line.
“If they match, your call is 100 percent secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram’s Secret Chats and Voice Calls,” it said, noting that the video calls will receive more features and improvements in future versions.
Telegram also disclosed its plan to launch group video calls in the coming months.