Telegram raises supergroup member limit to 50,000 and more

Telegram, the cross-platform messenger app, has been further enhancing its experience for its 200+ million users lately. In an interview with Bloomberg, Pavel Durov, the CEO of Telegram, spoke about the future of the messaging platform. Here are some of the new changes since we last posted about it.

Supergroup member limits

Earlier on its Twitter account, the Telegram team asked users to keep testing their supergroup limits, and they kept responding by increasing member limits. From 10,000, we now have the ability to have 50,000 members in a supergroup now.

The new limit. Photo: Telegram Geeks

Granular media auto-download

You can now set up your auto-download preferences with granular precision (find the new options in Settings > Data & Storage). For example, you could set Telegram to always download pictures from your girlfriend on any connection, but only auto-download media from groups when you’re on Wi-Fi.

Other changes

Live locations: Similar to the implementation in Google Maps, you can share your location in real time till a specified amount of time.

Saved messages chat: You can archive important messages for future use by simply forwarding it to a saved messages chat.

Search improvements: You can use filters for searching through a chat, and combine them as well. Some parameters available include “from user, date range, and keyword search.”

Secret Chat improvements: Secret chats now use MTProto 2.0 and support sending albums in order.

P2P networks: You can now use P2P networks to connect calls on Telegram as well.

Telegram and Monetization

Durov re-iterated that Telegram is not built for creating a profit. He sees Telegram as a charity that he’ll start to monetize early next year, but only enough to fund expansion. And unlike his earlier creation, VK, which will face political pressure from the Kremlin as long as it’s based in Russia, he said Telegram can’t be bought—at any price.

He also teased some “Big News” slated for next year but was not clear on what it was.

Source:  Bloomberg, Telegram Geeks

OnePlus opens up about Project Treble support

While OnePlus has impressed many of us with the release of Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3/3T and the OnePlus 5, a lot of people were very disappointed to know that OnePlus has no plans for adding Project Treble support to any of their current devices, including the recently released OnePlus 5T. Today OnePlus decided to take their time and talk about why they took such decision.

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OnePlus, don’t eat my Oreo!

Last October, OnePlus shook the Android enthusiasts community with a weird, but pleasant gesture, by releasing an Oreo-based Open Beta build for last year’s flagship devices, the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, followed by an official stable update in late November, just a couple of weeks ago, making OnePlus the first (sort of) company to upgrade their devices to the new Oreo platform. While a lot of the OnePlus 5 discerning owners were left baffled, it was very satisfying and refreshing to see OnePlus striving to upgrade its devices as soon as they could, and sure enough that did put a smile on their fans’ faces, till they updated to the latest stable version, OxygenOS 5.0.

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Google unveils Android 8.1 Oreo “Go Edition,” built for emerging markets

Android Oreo in itself is a fine operating system, polished and ready for you to use. However, not all markets can afford devices that are expensive. In a lot of emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, a cell phone is their first point of access to the internet in their lives, ever. The budget that they have is also limited, with a lot of people buying devices priced under $80.

Android Oreo Go Edition marks Google’s attempt to build Android centered around the “next billion users,” who will use a cellular device as their first point of access towards the internet. Naturally, a lot of Google apps that are built center themselves around the US cellular market. However, with Android Go, Google has worked with teams stationed in India to tailor an experience best suited for new users with low powered devices.

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India’s Intelligence Bureau lists 42 apps that send data to China

Data is a resource whose value cannot be ascertained. Now that all companies are vying for your data, your privacy is inherently at risk. Not only are advertisements catered to your tastes, but data can be misused by someone with vested interests as well. In a report, Intelligence Bureau has curated a list of apps that are sending your data to China. Subsequently, they have asked members of the Indian army to remove those apps from their personal devices, in lieu of a threat of being spied upon.

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XDA boots Android Oreo onto the Huawei Mate 9 thanks to Project Treble

One of the most interesting features that were announced with Android 8.0 Oreo is Project Treble. Treble marks Google’s attempt to control the fragmentation in the Android ecosystem. Now, XDA editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman has posted about how he managed to boot an AOSP ROM compiled straight from the source on the Huawei Mate 9.

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