Telegram, the privacy-oriented messaging service, has announced today that it has reached over 400 million monthly users, up from 300 million a year ago.
While commemorating the achievement, Telegram has announced a goal to add secure group video calls to the app in 2020. The feature has been long-requested, and while it’s coming this year, it’s still unclear when.
The service which was first launched back in 2013 is also offering Sh46 million (€400,000) to creators of original educational tests in light of the current conditions around the world caused by the Coronavirus.
Tests can be created on any subject, difficulty level, and language, and media can be used in the questions at will, as long as intellectual property rights are respected. Submitted tests will be available in a searchable directory for people to find, and the Telegram team will pick the winners based on quality and popularity. Submissions for the first stage are open through May 15.
Telegram is also adding a searchable directory for sticker packs, making it easier to find the over 20,000 stickers available, both static and animated. And, similar to the dice roll sticker added earlier this year, there’s now a dart-throwing sticker that shows up when you use the respective emoji. It allows you to compete with your friends for the best shot.
The Android app now has a redesigned attachment menu, so that all attachment types open in a pop-up layer rather than a full-screen experience, and switching between tabs now shows a short animation. Meanwhile, Telegram for macOS now shows shared media directly in the profile page, adds a new sidebar for chat folders, and features a new photo editor that allows for doodling before sending a picture.