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Latest Telegram update effectively turns it into a live streaming app

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Last updated: September 3rd, 2021 at 14:08 UTC+01:00

Not too long ago, Telegram rolled out its massive Telegram 7.9 update that brought forth a host of quality-of-life improvements to the already feature-rich app. Its successor has arrived now in the form of Telegram 8.0. While it isn’t nearly as feature-packed as its predecessor, there is a load of minor improvements that puts it far ahead of competitors such as WhatsApp.

Telegram 8.0 removes restrictions on how many people can watch your live stream

With Telegram 8.0, channel owners can effectively live stream to as many people as they like. Now, it is a bit of an exaggeration, given that the Telegram servers would buckle after a certain point. Nonetheless, the point it wants to make is that the previously instated cap of 1,000 users is no longer effective.

Telegram 8.0 has also added new options for forwarded messages. You can now choose to hide the name of the original sender and the caption, which goes a long way towards maintaining the privacy of the sender.

Other Telegram 8.0 changes include seamless transition between channels via a gesture, the ability to browse and download ‘trending’ sticker packs, unread comment counters on channels, and a new batch of animated emojis. Lastly, a new ‘choosing a sticker’ prompt will show up under the contact name when the sender is browsing through dozen-odd sticker packs to find the perfect reaction.

The Telegram 8.0 update is now available for download via the Google Play Store. Check out the official SamMobile Telegram channel to get uninterrupted updates about all things Samsung.

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