Telegram crosses 1 billion downloads on Google Play Store

Encrypted messaging app Telegram has now surpassed 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store.

The surge has been caused due to the recent
Facebook server outage. taking down WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger for nearly 6 hours.

Here are some of the Telegram features we’d like to see on WhatsApp too:

If you have too many chats or channels on the main list, you can separate that from work, or family stuff and then swipe between the tabs to quickly access any of your chats. There is a ‘Folders’ feature in the settings section, which lets you create tabs for Home, Work, or anything else. This way you don’t need to have 2 separate WhatsApp numbers for Work and Personal life, and can immediately find your loved ones!

Telegram lets you share your device’s screen during a video call. This feature is only available for group video calls. You just need to start a video call and then tap on the three-dotted button, which is located in the “Video Chat” space. Telegram will then display a few options, out of which you need to select screen sharing. Currently, Facebook’s Messenger app also gives you the screen-sharing option.

Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is a cloud-based messenger. People get to access their messages from several devices at once, including tablets and computers. There is also a personal “Saved Messages” section in the app, which lets you use it as a notepad. Users can jot down important messages or save photos here and they will be backed up on Telegram’s secure cloud, just like your chats. The Saved Messages feature is accessible on your phone, laptop, and any other device where your account is logged in. You get to send high-resolution photos, videos, and files of up to 2GB each, which is not possible on WhatsApp.

This is a feature that you will rarely find in popular messaging apps like WhatsApp. Telegram users can schedule messages, but also edit them any time they want. The maximum time you get to edit your text messages is two days after they were sent. The feature is available for both private chats and groups. To schedule a message on Telegram, you first need to type a message and then long-press on the send icon. Telegram will then show you the Schedule message option, which you need to tap on to set time and day.

WhatsApp lets you Archive chats, but Telegram offers a better way to access the hidden chats. On WhatsApp, you need to scroll until the end of the chat window to find the Archive section. There is no immediate way to find this section. Telegram, on the other hand, lets you access the Archive box by just swiping down once on the main list. The Archive box will then automatically appear at the top of the screen. It disappears automatically when you scroll down a bit.