This thing is about to become the official Telegram channel on Telegram.
And the iOS update has finally left the clutches of the App Review Team.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen of the radio audience.
Our Android friends should show up any minute now.
Most of you got here by following the link in the blog, so you already know the basics about channels.
What we didn't mention there is that this is just the beginning, more channel-related stuff is coming in the next updates. And the underlying technology allows for a lot of nifty features. For example, it may become possible to edit your posts in channels in future.
By the way, did you know that when you delete a message in a channel it disappears for all participants, not just you?
The Telegram Desktop client for Windows, OS X and Linux got updated to version 0.9 today — and supports channels now.
Get it here if you don't have it yet for some reason:
We've locked our native OS X developer in his room and will give him no food until his app is ready as well. So not long now.
Good news for artists: We've upgraded the @Stickers bot, which helps you create sticker packs from your pictures.
This bot will now also give you usage statistics for your stickers and packs. Try feeding it the new commands:
An introduction to sticker packs:
The App Store guardians just let through another update for our iOS app.
Telegram is now fully optimized for iPhones 6s and 6s+, with all the pesky bugs fixed. We've added a few touches of 3D Touch: try the Telegram icon on your main screen and links in messages. We've also enabled Split View and Slide Over for devices that support these features.
With full WatchOS2 support, Watch users can now send voice messages, use quick replies and enjoy greatly increased overall speed. Channels and bots may now also be accessed on the Watch, and we've included a special button for bot commands.
Telegram for Android just got updated with Android 6.0 features. Version 3.2.3 supports Now on Tap, Direct Share and Fingerprints for Passcodes.
Update it here: https://telegram.org/dl/android
A new update for our iOS app is just out. Version 3.2.2 offers a new way of sharing messages from channels for everyone and Spotlight search support for iOS 9 users.
We've also added more 3D Touch actions. iPhone 6s users can now open recent chats from their home screens and Peek into chats from the chats list without opening them. Yay.
Download the update here: https://telegram.org/dl/ios
Finally some good news for our Iranian users.
A couple of weeks ago Telegram stopped working in Iran, so I assumed we had been blocked there. However, service has since returned to normal, and the Iranian Ministry of Information and Communication declared they were not going to block Telegram.
The interruption of service, they say, was due to the disruption of cables connecting Iran with the rest of the world (Suez Canal, Mandeb Strait + Iran-Turkey cables), and the poor connectivity affected most western services in Iran – not just Telegram.
Moreover, the government denied that they required any kind of spying tools from Telegram, saying that the demand I received was fake and not authorized by any higher authorities.
I’d like to believe that this is true – it would mean that the Iranian people will continue to be able to use what I maintain is the best messaging service on the market. And since our system administrators confirm that the Iranian government’s report of cable disruption is probable, my earlier claim about Telegram getting blocked may have been inaccurate (or at least premature).
In that case, sorry for the false alarm, everyone. It’s easy to misinterpret the situation in markets that have a history of internet censorship – you might have heard that Facebook and Twitter have been blocked in Iran for a few years. However, this doesn’t mean that Telegram can't be blocked there in the future.
Iranian authorities made it clear that they would block Telegram if it contained publicly available porn, i.e. porn bots and porn channels. If this is the only matter that poses a concern, there will hardly be any problem, since we already block most porn bots and channels anyway due to App Store restrictions.
Anyway, the bottom line: we’re good in Iran. For now. And let’s hope for the best 🌟