Payments, video messages and quick view arrive in the Telegram update

Telegram 4.0 Update Brings Instant View Platform Video Messages and More

In the new version of Telegram messenger 4.0 introduces video messaging, payments for robots, Telescope and platform Instant View.

Using Telegram's new video hosting service Telescope, video messages can be shared outside Telegram.

"Video messages are automatically downloaded and autoplayed by default (you can change this in Settings if you're on a data diet though) and generally feel and act like voice messages - on visual steroids", reads a blog post from the Telegram team announcing the new feature. The feature works similarly to voice messages, except for the fact that it's activated by holding the camera icon instead of the mic shortcut. Users will have to tap and hold the camera icon and record a video message.

Just as Google Assistant can now process payments instantly and without much fuss, Telegram bots will also be able to handle payments instantly, in instances where pay buttons have been incorporated. Additionally, users can also share these public video messages on other social media channels including Facebook and Twitter, thereby increasing the potential of such videos to go viral beyond the Telegram ecosystem.

The latest news that Telegram brings us is that of quick views. "When accepting a payment from a user, the bot developer can choose between all available payment providers, selecting the one already used by the buyer or the one with the lowest commission".

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"Imagine a world where you can order pizza, pay for a pair of shoes, hire a cab, or refill your subway pass - all in a few button taps on Telegram", the platform said in a post. In a way, the Instant View platform is a bit similar to the Facebook's Instant Articles.

Website owners can design their own options, but Telegram is also enabling its users to take the initiative to widen the template options on offer.

The new video message mode is enabled by going to any Telegram chat. "The bot uses these instructions to create a slim and lovely Instant View representation of the source page", explains the team.

One of the biggest additions is touted to be the Bot Payments which will allow Telegram users to order goods and services from bots within the app. Instant View also supports images, videos, and other media.

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