What you need to know
- Telegram released a new update this week.
- It includes a new power saving mode and new playback speed settings.
- The update also optimizes the app to run better on lower-end Android phones.
Telegram is one such messaging app that keeps adding new features to the messaging platform and often competes neck and neck with the introduction of new tools that challenge its rival WhatsApp. The app’s latest update brings a new power saving mode and optimizations for lower-end Android phones.
Telegram already has a number of customizations, animations, and light effects that keep users engaged in conversations on the messaging service. They can include things like autoplay gifs, stickers, videos, emoji animations, and more. These customizations give the app a fun, energetic experience, but with the new update, these animations can now be disabled to make any Android phone run faster when using the app.
In an announcement blog post, Telegram says the new power saving mode can disable said features to “extend battery life and improve performance on older devices.”
With the latest update, users can toggle power saving mode or change custom settings for autoplay, animations, and effects. Settings > Energy saving. Telegram claims to have manually tested more than 200 device types to create “optimized default settings” that ensure the best app user experience across all Android phones.
Another highlight of the new update is the ability to change the granular playback speed more flexibly. Currently, the messaging platform allows for 0.5x, normal, 1.5x, and 2x playback speeds that can be adjusted for videos, podcasts, and audio and video messages shared within the app. The option is now much more flexible as users can choose any speed by holding down the playback speed button such as 2.3x, 0.2x-2.5x.
Another cool feature of the update is the “Read Time” feature, which allows users to check when their messages have been read within a small group of 100 members. They can also invite users who limit joining a group created by complete strangers or friends through the latest update invite link. These invite links have previews to give users an idea of what they’re getting into before they join.
Other newly added features as part of the latest update include animated emoji. The update includes ten new packs of unique emojis for premium Telegram users. Likewise, new interactive emotes and reactions are included in the update.
Telegram further says that in addition to the new features introduced; also fixed more than 400 known imperfections.