Here’s what you need to know about Telegram video calls

Here’s what you need to know about Telegram video calls

Earlier this month, Telegram marked it’s 7th year running. In celebration to the milestone, the chat app also launched a long-awaited feature that has since restricted it to it’s like Whatsapp, Skype, WeChat or Kakaotalk.

Following the lunching, Telegram now support video calls allowing users keep see their families and discuss with classmates or workmates.

Well, it can’t come at any better time as we all know that with pandemic in hands, the need for digital usage has been in the increase and the feature of video chatting has now become very important.

Now on telegram, Video calls are available on all platforms like Android and iOS platform. It come with an end-to-end encryption just like chat messages, so there is no issues about third party interference. Group calls are not yet supported, but Telegram says these will be coming in the “coming months”.

If you are a Dignited person, you should know the importance of telegram to our day-to-day workflows, so it’s no surprise that we are super excited about this development.

We at NaijaRythems has so far been running some test with our team to see how it rates against it competitors and whether or not we can use Telegram calls for our remote meetings.

Here’s what you need to know about Telegram video calls

But after the investigation we could observe that, Telegram video calls still feel quite raw at this point, but to be fair, the feature is still in its “alpha version”. Our internet connection isn’t also the best. We ran some test on the calls on Liquid Home internet which topped at about 5Mbps. Sydney, my workmate uses Roke Telkom home internet which also ranges between 3-6Mbps. With these speeds, my expectations are quite low, although a good video calling app should automatically optimize for different bandwidth profiles.

Here's what you need to know about Telegram video calls

In other to use Telegram video call, you have to select your contact’s profile page, then tap video call. Once a video call is ongoing, you can switch between audio and video mode. Video calls support picture-in-picture mode allowing you to scroll through chats and multitask on your phone.

During the call, switching from portrait to landscape and don’t feel durable. I found the picture goes out of scale before it re-orientates itself to the right aspect ratio. Though the audio is cool, the video itself kept buffering and quite blurry. It’s obviously not conclusive whether it was just my internet speed or the app. I hope Telegram can see these issues in the coming month inorder to effectively out Mark their competitors like Whatsapp, Google meet, Microsoft teams or Zoom.

Here's what you need to know about Telegram video calls

But one this is for sure, telegram is always at the edge of innovation. End-to-end encryption on chats, audio and video calls is a welcome privacy addition in the age of massive online surveillance. Currently one-to-one video calls are supported. I think Telegram should make video calling more smoothly going then push on from there.

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