Cloud-based instant messaging service Telegram, has rolled out the version 4.4 of the app. And considering the number of new features and improvements it brings, it can fairly be treated as a major update. And the highlight of the update is the live location feature, which interestingly WhatsApp is also rumored to be working on. Besides that, the update also includes a new media player, more varied language support, a new translation platform, and improved group chats. The feature is rolling out to both iOS and Android platforms, as we speak. Also Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
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Talking about the live locations first, as the name suggests, the feature allows users to share real time location with other Telegram users. Which means, if you are at point A and share your location with a friend from there, and then you go on to move to point B, with live location, the person you share your location with will receive your current location and will be able to follow you through the transit. Facebook Messenger as a similar feature too. And like we mentioned, WhatsApp is expected to roll out real-time locations as well. Also Read - Opera for Chromebooks is the world's first alternative browser optimised for Chrome OS
On Telegram, you can share your location with another individual or on a group chat for a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of eight hours. Enabling the feature is pretty much similar to how you d normally share a location. Tap on Attachments, and choose Locations. The user you share it with then be about to track you live. At any point of time, you can stop sharing the location.
New media player
Telegram has redesigned its in-app audio player improving the playback support for MP3 audio files along with other music files that you will receive using the app. Telegram has also uploaded some free music files on their @cctracks channel. To download any audio file, you need to tap on the play button to start the audio playback. You can tap on the title of the playing track ; to access the cover image and the playlist of that particular chat.
Another new feature that comes with the new app version is is the new translation platform . As part of this new platform, you can now use the platform to suggest alternative words or phrases for translation of elements within the app. You can also visit the platform to suggest alternative translations or even vote for the alternatives suggested by other users. ALSO READ: Telegram introduces Snapchat-like disappearing media feature in latest update
Besides these, Telegram also rolled out certain improvements with the update, one of which is to the Telegram group chat experience. First of all, administrators of the groups will now have a badge against their name, so they can be easily spotted by all member. Secondly, administrators for Telegram supergroups now have the option to control if new members can see earlier message history of that group. ALSO READ: Telegram updates iOS app with reply and mention alerts, and more