Telegram adds message reactions, bigger emoji animations, and more in latest update
Messaging on Android is still sort of a mess, but third-party apps can step in to solve the problems that Google apparently cannot.
Today, one of the best messaging services, Telegram, announced the long-awaited debut of message reactions and more in its latest update.
Rolling out now, Telegram 8.4 is an update that many users have been waiting years to get their hands on. Telegram is finally adding message reactions.
Starting with this latest update, Telegram users can send reactions that attach to specific messages instead of sending as their own messages.
This feature, which has been widely adopted throughout other messaging clients, including iMessage, Discord, Slack, and others, works with six emojis currently, including thumbs up, thumbs down, heart, fire, party, and star-eyes. On iOS, you can customize this list to include several other options, but Android currently lacks that ability. There’s also a “default reaction” gesture that lets you double-tap a message to add a reaction, and this gesture can be customized too.
To add further flair to your conversations on Telegram, the app is also putting more emphasis on its animated emojis, which have been around for quite some time. The new animated emoji effects will be much larger and more intricate on the screen, but only in one-on-one chats.
Telegram Spoiler Alert
Telegram is also rolling out support for “Spoiler Alert” messages that blur out selected portions of text until a user clicks on the option (we’ve opted not to include Telegram’s demo of this feature since it does, ironically, contain a legitimate spoiler).
Telegram is also adding in-app translation for messages.
This feature works on all Android devices, but only iPhones running iOS 15 or higher. And lastly, users can create themed QR codes for their accounts.
Telegram Adds Message Reactions, Stops Your Buddy From Spoiling Spider-Man
2021 is coming to a close and Telegram has delivered another solid update with new features that continue to further its lead as the best messaging app on the market. After grabbing the latest build, which is live for all, you’ll be able to react to messages like iOS peeps, hide spoilers in conversations, translate messages in other languages, and play with more interactive emoji.
Here’s a breakdown of the new features to play with on this last day of the year:
- Reactions: To react to a message with an animated emoji, you can double tap to quickly give it a thumbs up or tap to bring up a menu with several different emoji options. You can customize the double-tap emoji choice in Telegram “Chat Settings” to something other than the thumbs up, as well. For private conversations, reactions are available by default, but in groups or channels, the owner of the group can decide which reactions to make available.
- Spoilers: Having a conversation about a show or movie that might contain a spoiler? When typing out your message that may contain a spoiler, you can highlight the text and then choose “Spoiler” from the cut/copy menu to hide that text. People can then tap the message to reveal it. What a nifty feature.
- Message translations: If you are having a conversation or are in a public group that contains multiple languages you aren’t familiar with, you can now translate them. If someone sends a message that needs translating, you can tap the message and then choose the “Translate” option to do so. To enable that translate option, simply head into Telegram settings and then Language.
- New interactive emoji: Telegram added ? ? ? ? ? ? ❄️ to their list of interactive emoji you can have fun with.
- Also: Telegram added themed QR codes and there is a new menu system for the MacOS app.
Now you can react to messages on Telegram, app rolls out translation feature in latest update
The update is for Telegram app based on iPhone as well as iPad devices. With the message reaction option, users can now double tap on the message bubble, which will lead to a small thumbs-up emoji appearing on the screen on that message. Through that, users can reaction to messages by choosing relevant emoticons.
A user can change the emoji for this quick reaction in the app by going in the Settings options and clicking on Stickers and Emoji and Quick Reaction. For more reactions, tap and hold on a message bubble.
What is Spoiler Alert?
Apart from this, Telegram is also rolling out support for ‘Spoiler Alert‘ messages that blur out selected portions of text until a user clicks on the option, in a move to get a heads up before any unwanted context is revealed.
According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the number of monthly Telegram users as of October 2019 is 300 million people worldwide. On 24 April 2020, Telegram announced that it had reached 400 million monthly active users.
All Telegram messages are always securely encrypted. Messages in Secret Chats use client-client encryption, while Cloud Chats use client-server/server-client encryption and are stored encrypted in the Telegram Cloud (more here).
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