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Telegram 4.0 adds Instant View, Video Messages, and Bot Payments

Telegram 4.0 adds Instant View, Video Messages, and Bot Payments

And finally, the Instant View feature has also been launched. The release is a major one bringing with it video messages, Telescope, Instant View support on most websites, and bot payment support.

The company looks to be following the footsteps of messaging giants like WeChat - where messaging apps are integrated with offline commerce and electronic wallets.

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. Like the Telegram app's push-to-talk feature for sending walkie-talkie-like voice snippets, the new feature lets users send short video messages inside chats.

"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.

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. "Once the transaction is done, the merchant bot sends a receipt message". All you have to do is tap the camera icon to switch to camera mode.

Additionally, Telegram today is introducing Telesco.pe, a new service that allows anyone to view video messages from public Telegram channels.

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So if you are a channel admin, you can post video messages to your channel subscribers as well.

You can try Telegram's demo on the new feature, which sells time machines. Previously, it used a limited layout option for links, but now Telegram has outed its Instant View Platform to enable unique designs.

"Telegram is an open platform, so bot developers can implement the necessary APIs and accept payments from users starting right now, without lengthy approval dramas", adds the team.

Added themes for Instant View pages: read articles in a dark, grey, or sepia environment, choose font type and size, auto-nightmode supported. You can also quickly copy or share text within an article by simply long tapping.

Telegram has also announced a contest for rule makers where the top contender will get $10,000 (roughly Rs. 65 lakh) for describing the most contest domains with their templates.


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