Telegram announced that it is adding a new group voice chats feature that is closely similar to that of a Discord room.
Voice chats are now considered as a part of text chats. They also operate as a persistent option to speak live with family or friends.
Voice chats are always available. You can turn it on and off whenever you need to, just like you would in a common Discord room or call.
Telegram gets Discord-like feature
Telegram is now supporting a few thousand participants, so for bigger groups who will have live events and meetings will now have an option for voice chats. The feature will be seen at the top of an existing group chat and if it is enabled, it can allow anyone to join the conversation freely.
On the desktop versions of Telegram for Mac and Windows, you can also use a push-to-talk key for voice chats so that you can control your microphone input.
Telegram has also created a voice chat overlay for Android and it operates as a floating widget in the system. It lets you see who is talking, let's you operate the microphone and it has mute options when Telegram is running in the background.
At the moment, the group voice chat feature is focused on audio, but Telegram stated that it is adding video and screen sharing features sometime in the future. If you wish to try out Telegram's voice chat feature, you will need to be an admin of a group so you can enable the feature in the group settings menu.
Alongside the group voice chats option, Pavel Durov, the CEO of Telegram, has revealed that the service is nearing 500 million users.
Telegram now plans to monetize its service with an ad platform that is made for one-to-many public channels. Durov describes Telegram as a user-friendly platform that respects privacy and it allows them to cover the costs of servers and traffic.
What is Discord?
Since Telegram is adjusting and adding features based on Discord, it is just right to ask what a Discord is. Discord is a group-chatting app that has been used for years. It was created to give gamers a place to talk and to build communities as they share similar interests.
Since its launch in 2015, it has branched out to include other communities such as artists, writers to K-Pop stans. Discord, a popular group-chatting app, was originally made to give gamers a place to build communities and talk.
Discord is made to allow you and other people to message each other. Each community is called a server. Servers are filled with text channels and voice channels. You can also share images, videos, internet links, music and more, according to Business Insider.
Each server has multiple channels, each of which is dedicated to a different topic or has different rules. It is free to start your own server and it is also free to join other servers.
There are thousands of Discord servers, each one is dedicated to a different topic. If you have an interest or looking for a community, there is a massive chance that you can find a Discord server for it.
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Written by Sieeka Khan