Telegram 4.3 brings big changes to notifications, stickers, and more

Telegram has just pushed another major update to its messaging service. This update changes the way we handle mentions, as we get a way to quickly browse through all the mentions that we receive in a group chat. We also get improvements on how stickers work, with ways to set a single sticker set for a group and have the ability to favorite certain stickers for quick and easy access.

Changelog:
- Groups with unread mentions and replies are now marked with an '@' badge in the chats list.
- Navigate new mentions and replies in a group using the new '@' button.
- Mark stickers as Favorite to quickly access them from the redesigned sticker panel.
- Invite friends to Telegram using the new streamlined interface.
- Add an official sticker set for your group to be used by all members without adding (100+ member groups only).
- Numerous design and UI improvements.

Replies

Whenever somebody replies to you or mentions you in a group, you’ll notice this straight away by the ’@‘ badge in the chats list. Telegram has uploaded a cool video demonstrating this feature:

Favorite stickers

Anyone with five or more sticker sets can mark individual stickers as “favorites,” and have them always accessible at the top of the sticker panel in the ‘star’ section. This helps people who hoard stickers and have difficulty finding their favorite sticker packs.

Adding favorites

Stickers for groups

Telegram now allows large groups of 100 members or more to choose an official sticker set for all the members of the group to see and use while they’re chatting in the group.

Other improvements

Unread mentions counter
  • Twitch videos are now supported in the Telegram in-app player, so you can watch Twitch streams in Picture-in-Picture mode while chatting with your friends.
  • When on a Telegram voice call, you can now check the signal strength thanks to the new indicator.
  • On iOS, you can edit any photo you pasted directly to a chat from clipboard before sending.
  • On Android, when forwarding a message, you can long tap to select multiple recipients.
  • On Android, when viewing photos in Shared Media, you can go to the place in chat where the photo was posted.
  • On Android, if you have many new messages in many active chats, synchronization will happen much, much faster.

Telegram says that it has more updates planned. Recently, they announced changes to the API terms of service for its app, in order to prevent other publishers from not implementing certain features such as self-destructing messages. This is by far the biggest user-impacting update, and so far the update seems nice. I have been testing it out since a few hours now, and it looks really promising.

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