Telegram is announcing new updates to some of its features pertaining to reactions to chat messages, emoji statuses, and UI improvements to iOS and Android, respectively.
Starting with reactions, Premium users are now have “a selection of infinite reactions”. They can react to individual messages with up to three animated emojis. Telegram launched its Emoji Platform last month, which allows for anyone to upload their own custom animated emojis. The emoji panel also expands now to accommodate for more emojis and emoji packs.
For users who don’t have Premium, more reactions were added to the one-rowed selection.
Emoji Statuses are now available to Premium users, with the ability to set any emoji, stock or custom, as a profile status. Emoji Statuses can be set to expire after a certain amount of time. To set an Emoji Status, tap and hold on the Premium badge in your profile.
Each user now has their own username link in a new format: username.t.me. This new link format also goes for Telegram groups and channels. It changes from the t.me/username format, which frankly isn’t that different, but typing the slash symbol may cause friction for some users.
These next few updates are specific to Android or iPhone. Let’s start with Android.
You can now manage the priority of downloads as they progress on an Android device. You can now press-hold an active download and reorder them (iOS already had this feature).
There are some new Android UI animations for opening and closing photos or videos on Instagram. Meanwhile, the Telegram app icon is now compatible with Android 13’s theming engine.
The iOS Telegram app gets a bubbly setup page with new animated icons and both platforms now have the option to Sign in with Apple or Sign in with Google.
Do you find any of these features more useful in your Telegram chats? Let us know in a comment.