Telegram is squeezing in one last major update before 2021 ends. One of the new features is hidden text to mask spoilers. So if you can’t wait to chat about what’s happening in Spider-Man: No Way Home before everyone in the chat has seen it, you can select any part of your text and use Spoiler formatting. This will hide the text in the chat, notifications, and chat list. When your friends are ready to read what you’re thinking [redacted] appear, they can tap the spoiler text to read it.
Also new are iMessage-like responses. You can double tap any message to send a thumbs up. A single tap (or tap-and-hold on iOS) lets you select other emoji, such as a grin, fire, shocked face, or thumbs down. You can change the default double-tap emoji in the Chat settings on Android and under the Stickers and Emoji section in the iOS settings.
In private chats, comments are always enabled. Channel and group admins can decide whether to enable them and which responses the other members can choose from.
Elsewhere, Telegram now has a handy translation option. The Language section in Settings allows you to enable translation, which adds a Translate button to the context menu. You can ignore the languages you understand and the Translate button will not be available for messages you receive in those languages. Translation is available on all Android devices, but iPhone and iPad users must be running iOS 15 or later. The number of languages Telegram supports depends on your operating system.
In addition, users can generate QR codes for anyone with a public username, as well as bots, groups, and channels. You can tap the QR code icon next to their username and select the colors and pattern before sharing it elsewhere. You can find your own QR code in Settings.
The Telegram team has redesigned the context menus on macOS with new shortcuts and animated icons. The app displays a full screen effect in one-on-one chats when you send certain emojis as well.
Earlier this year, Telegram added group video calling and other features, including a way to prevent others in group chats from taking screenshots and saving shared media, as well as live streams with unlimited viewers. However, there has been a backlash against Telegram this year, with reports suggesting there has been a significant rise in the level of cybercriminal activity taking place on the encrypted messaging app.
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