Group video calls and animated backgrounds appeared in Telegram Beta


A new beta version of Telegram Messenger for Android with number 7.8.0 was released yesterday. It has received innovations such as animated backgrounds for chats, support for group video calls, and a number of other features that will migrate to the stable version of the app for the foreseeable future.

Voice chat participants can now start streaming video from their device’s camera or screen. For this feature to be available, the #vid tag must be added to the voice chat name. Unfortunately, it is not yet necessary to talk about the full functioning of the function – the other participants in the conversation do not see the video stream.

The update also brought a gradient cat background to Telegram which changes when messages are sent. Other updates include an animation when sending stickers, moving the search button to the chat header in the Favorites section, and a list of active voice chats appearing in the Calls section of the application side menu.

Telegram will go public in two years, if rumors are true

Messenger Telegram plans to conduct an IPO (share issue and IPO) within the next two years. Some reports write about it with reference to a source close to Telegram. We have confirmation of the information from many sources familiar with the plans of the company.

Now the platform is preparing for an IPO: it performs checks and selects a stock exchange for further placement of shares. The company is considering only two options. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK) and the Nasdaq. The first option is possible because almost half of Messenger users live in Asia; and in the future this figure could exceed 50%.

In addition, according to one of the sources, Pavel Durov has not yet chosen the format to enter the market. Presumably, he can refuse the IPO in favor of two other options – direct listing (direct public offering) or through a SPAC company (raising funds with certain debt securities from qualified investors) .

Presumably, when placing shares, the company can be valued at $ 30-50 billion. Experts say the price will depend on the number of active monthly users, each valued at $ 50. In early January, the company announced that it had crossed the 500 million mark; and will rise to one billion at the time of the IPO.

Previously, Telegram had raised over $ 1 billion in investments by selling bonds. The cost of each title was $ 1,000. The buyers were Arab funds Mubadala and Abu Dhabi CP.


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