Founder Pavel Durov announced a (text) message posted to his official Telegram channel today where he wrote “we will be adding a video dimension to our voice chats in May, making Telegram a powerful platform for group video calls”.
“Screen sharing, encryption, noise-canceling, desktop and tablet support — everything you can expect from a modern video conferencing tool, but with Telegram-level UI, speed, and encryption. Stay tuned!” he added, using the sorts of phrases you’d expect from an enterprise software maker.
According to reports, this feature will be coming to Telegram’s app early next month with possibilities of full-fledged support on web applications also.
The one-to-one video calls Telegram launched last year were rolled out with its end-end encryption. So presumably it will be replicating that same approach for its group calls too.
By adding these features alongside additional features like file share up to 2GB, End-End-Encryption, and a stand-alone web app, Telegram is directly challenging its rivals like Whatsaap and WeChat in the international market.