In celebration of its 7th anniversary, Telegram has announced that it is finally going to include a video calling feature in its Android app. Just like in WhatsApp video calls, the new feature will allow Telegram users to make face-to-face video calls with other users. Facebook also recently released Messenger Rooms allowing users to make video calls via Messenger.
For now, Telegram has released an alpha version and the official version is expected to be launched in the coming months. Users will have the option to turn the video on or off at any point during a call. Also, Telegram will include a picture-in-picture mode which will allow users to minimize their video during a call to support multitasking.
The video calls on Telegram will have end-to-end encryption allowing users to enjoy secure and private calls. Telegram also promises to include group video calls in due course. Once released, the video calling feature on Telegram will be accessed from the three-dot pop-up menu on the top right side of each chat.
The new video calling feature will come in handy for Telegram users especially during this period of the coronavirus pandemic where more people have turned to video calling as a way to communicate with friends and family.