Telegram’s 12th update for the year released – Adds reactions, hidden text and more

The problem with the Telegram instant messaging platform is that it is always on the prowl when it comes to rolling out updates. As 2021 draws to a close, they released the 12th update of the year and the second in December. Now users can add iMessage-style reactions, translate messages, get thematic QR codes, and even have the option to hide texts like spoilers.

This update is Telegram 8.4 and is being rolled out for all Android users. With each new update, Telegram seems to take another leap forward. The precedent dramatically improved user privacy, both for individual and group chats.

IMessage-style reactions now on Telegram

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Telegram, let’s remember, was the first messaging app to add animated and interactive emojis. Now six of these emojis — thumbs up, thumbs down, heart, fire, party, and star eyes — are available as reactions to share feelings and comments – without messaging. . Basically, Telegram would now allow users to send reactions attached to specific messages instead of sending their own messages.

It’s a feature that Android systems have yet to crack with conviction. It’s popular on iMessage and platforms like Slack.

To send a quick reaction, users just need to double-tap a message. Users can also change their default reaction to another emoji in settings.

“While reactions are available in private chats, groups, and channels, admins decide to enable reactions and choose which reaction emoji are available in the chat.” Telegram said.

How to hide text and kill spoilers on Telegram

December 2021 telegram update

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Another cool update is the one that lets you hide a particular part of a message in the chat, as well as in the chat list and notifications.

This hidden text update to help hide spoilers. So if you want to talk about say about Minnal Murali and his epic fight with antagonist Shibu, but other group members still haven’t seen the movie, all you have to do is select any part of your text when typing and typing. choose the new “Spoiler” formatting. When the other party members are ready to read it, they just need to tap on the spoiler text to read it.

Another cool new feature available to Telegram users is that they can translate any message into another language, right in the app. Users can enable translation in Settings> Language and a dedicated Translate button will be added to the context menu when selecting a message. The list of languages ​​available for translation depends on your phone’s operating system. Users can also exclude any language they are fluent in, which will hide the translate button for those messages.

The latest update also adds the ability to generate QR codes for any user with a public username. Tap the new QR code icon next to a person’s username (or from a chat’s info page), choose the colors and pattern you want, then print, publish or share the QR code with other apps.

Telegram has also redesigned all context menus for macOS with new shortcuts and animated icons for each menu item in the app.

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