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Telegram Launches Video Calling with End-to-End Encryption

Telegram has launched an alpha version of one-to-one video calls on both its Android and iOS apps.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, work and health care services have transformed resulting in more video conferences than ever, secure messaging app Telegram has added video calls to its suite of products.

Telegram wrote in the blog post, “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,” it added.

The feature is still in alpha mode, but the company claims it is fully secure and will let users easily connect with friends, family, and colleagues.

2020 had “highlighted the need for face-to-face communication,” the company said.

Telegram described the process for starting a video call: tap the profile page of the person you want to connect with. Users are able to switch video on or off at any time during a call, and the video calls support picture-in-picture mode, so users can continue scrolling through the app if that call gets boring.

Telegram’s blog posts states, one of the app’s defining features for its audio calls and texting.

“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,” according to the post.