Telegram has exceeded 400 million monthly active users And they celebrate it with a small update and with the announcement that many of those millions of users have been waiting for a long time: video calls will arrive this year.
As it happens, a few days ago we echoed the surprising success that Telegram is having in learning about the coronavirus, because although it is a fact that the pandemic and confinement have driven the use of communication applications like never seen before, what Telegram has been a blast. As an example we put the official channel of the Ministry of Health of Spain, which in little more than a week went from 60,000 subscribers to more than 236,000 … And since then they have added more than 80,000 new members.
To all this, the increase in this specific channel is – or should be – proof that the growth of Telegram has had nothing to do with the hoaxes of the left or right. At the end of the day, there are many means through which to find out about official sources and run away from some to end up reaching others who issue the same thing, what is the point? A organic growth, supported by the current situation, It is much more plausible, as recognized by Telegram.
If, in the absence of official figures, we estimated from other sources that Telegram would be around 300 million users last year, we did not miss the calculation too much. And of the 300 they have reached 400 million monthly users, which right now will be more because according to those responsible for the service, “every day, at least 1.5 million new users register on Telegram.”
Telegram will have video calls … finally!
What’s next, you wonder? The current global crash has highlighted the need for a reliable video communication tool. Video calls in 2020 are very similar to messaging in 2013. There are applications that are safe or practical, but not both. We would like to fix that, and we will focus on providing safe group video calls in 2020«, They announce. And this and no other is the great feature that Telegram still lacks.
So, we already know what the most important update of the year will be on Telegram. What we do not know is when it will arrive and how it will do so, and it is that as much as we love Telegram, we must remind its managers that WhatsApp is also working to improve its service in this regard and, unlike Telegram, all communications they are end-to-end encrypted. In other words, Telegram may have won the image battle, but in practice WhatsApp is still safer because On Telegram, private chats – point-to-point encryption – are the exception, not the rule.
In another order of things, Telegram has used the time to launch a minor update with improvements in educational surveys, a contest including 400,000 euros in prizes for creators who are encouraged, a new directory of stickers in which up to 20,000 are shared sets, a new attachment menu for the Android app, and various improvements to the macOS app.
Finally, we remind you that if you are a Telegram user In MC we have an official channel where you can quickly and comfortably receive everything we publish. So that not everything is coronavirus.