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Telegram goes Clubhouse

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If I understand Cloubhouse and this Telegram announcement correctly, Telegram now has features like Cloubhouse, except Telegram is not an iPhone-exclusive app.

Voice Chats first appeared in December, adding a new dimension of live talk to Telegram groups. Starting today, they become available in channels too – and there are no more limits on the number of participants.

This update also brings recordable voice chats, rich lists of participants, raise hand mechanics, invite links for speakers and listeners, voice chat titles, and a way for public figures to join voice chats as their channels.

I somehow don’t get the Clubhouse hype at all. That’s partly because I don’t have an iPhone and couldn’t have tried the app out in the first place, but even just video streams don’t appeal to me that much. It somehow feels way too much like a waste of time.

Well, the good thing about Telegram is that they always manage to integrate the features in such a way that you don’t even notice them if you’re not looking for them.

Update: It seems that Telegram will also launch video streaming in spring:

With today’s update, we’re giving every Telegram user the power to run their own radio station (later this Spring: TV station) without adding any complexity to our apps.

Pavel Durov

https://telegram.org/blog/voice-chats-on-steroids

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