Telegram messaging App now offers end-to-end encrypted video calling

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After encrypted chats, Telegram messaging App now introduces end-to-end encrypted video calling for iPhone and Android smartphone users

Pavel Durov’s Telegram messaging App has been at the forefront of offering users cloud-based instant messaging, videotelephony, and voice over IP service. Up until now, it offered Telegram App users end-to-end encrypted chats but it has now gone a step further and announced that it will be offering end-to-end video calling.

The company announced the launch of encrypted video calling feature for both Android smartphone and iPhone that the company says is end-to-end encrypted, just like phone calls and text-based messages conducted over the chat platform.

The option to initiate a video call will appear in the contact’s profile page. The added benefit of having end-to-end encrypted video calling is that nobody, hackers, Telegram, or government agencies, will be able to spy on the users’ video calls.

All video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on-screen for you and your chat partner – if they match, your call is 100% secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram’s Secret Chats and Voice Calls.

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Telegram says that the video calling feature is still in the alpha stage so Telegram App users may encounter a few bugs and glitches while video calls. Telegram says that users can switch from audio to video and vice versa at any time during the call with a tap. The video calling feature also has a PiP (picture-in-picture) mode, which means users can read and respond to other messages while they are on a video call.

Our apps for Android and iOS have reproducible builds, so anyone can verify encryption and confirm that their app uses the exact same open source code that we publish with each update.

Telegram says that they are working on Telegram group video calls and the function should be available to users in a few months.

You can download the updated version of Telegram with encrypted video calling feature for iPhone from here and for Android smartphones/tablets from here.

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