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Our Bot API has reached version 5.0 today, adding the ability to run your own Bot API server or transfer bot ownership to another account, as well as support for all the latest Telegram features.

Read more on @BotNews
Today's update adds Voice Chats, creating a seamless integration of text and talk in groups. Members can join and leave these open conference calls at any time for a bit of spontaneous conversation alongside their usual text messages and media.

As the calendar turns over to 2021, we'll be busy taking in your feedback and improving Voice Chats with features like video and screen sharing at the top of our list.

To read about all the features in this update, like SD Card Storage for Android and more, check out the full post on our blog:
https://telegram.org/blog/voice-chats
Move your message history from other apps to Telegram

Millions of people are switching every day and now their old chats from WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk can come with them – along with all their friends and family. 😉

This update also gives you more control of your data: secret chats, groups you created and call history can be deleted for all sides at any time.

Voice Chats now appear at the top of your Call History page, and both members and admins can individually adjust other users’ microphone levels.

After one of your contacts joins Telegram, you can open the chat and send a friendly greeting sticker with one tap. 👋

For the full details on how to migrate messages from other apps, plus new Android Animations, Accessibility Improvements and more, check out our blog:
https://telegram.org/blog/move-history
Auto-Delete, Widgets, Expiring Invite Links and More

You can now set an auto-delete timer in any chat, which will erase messages for all participants 24 hours or 7 days after they are sent.

New home screen widgets for iOS and Android let you preview messages and instantly open chats.

Group and channel admins can create additional invite links with a limited duration, number of uses, or both.

Groups approaching the limit of 200k members can now convert to Broadcast Groups that allow unlimited members.

For more information on all these features and their uses, read our blog:
https://telegram.org/blog/autodelete-inv2
Voice Chats 2.0: Channels, Millions of Listeners, Recorded Chats, Admin Tools

Voice Chats can now hold millions of live listeners in any Telegram group or channel.

Admins can record audio from the chat and add users with specific Speaker and Listener links. Listeners who are muted can raise their hand to let admins know that they want a turn to speak.

In channels, you can join a voice chat with your personal account or appear as one of your channels.

For the full story on all these features (and some excellent video demos), check out our blog:
https://telegram.org/blog/voice-chats-on-steroids/
Payments 2.0, Scheduled Voice Chats, New Web Versions

Merchants can now natively accept credit card payments in any Telegram chat, relying on 8 integrated third-party payment providers. Telegram doesn't store card info and charges no commission.

Voice Chats can now be scheduled in advance – members will see a countdown in the chat and can choose to be notified when the chat starts.

Two new web versions have launched, with full support for features like dark mode, animated stickers, chat folders and more.

Android users can directly download Telegram from our site. The app will get new updates automatically – and faster than the Play Store version:
https://telegram.org/android

For more info on all these changes, including new animations and job openings at Telegram, read our full blog:
https://telegram.org/blog/payments-2-0-scheduled-voice-chats
In case you missed this from the blog, we're looking for more Content Moderators to join our team.

Responsibilities: Use a specialized interface to manually sort content according to provided guidelines.

Preferred qualifications: Fluency in English, strong analytical skills, quick reaction, attention to detail.

If you love order and have the self-discipline required for remote work, submit your application via @jobs_bot before 23:59 Dubai time on May 10.

More Telegram jobs here:
https://telegram.org/jobs
Group Video Calls and More

Voice Chats in groups now support video – both from your camera and by sharing your screen. Up to 30 people at a time can chat with video, and we’re already working to expand this soon.

Group video calls are optimized for all devices, with dynamic display options for tablets and desktop. Enjoy the improved audio quality thanks to built-in noise suppression.

For more info and video demos, see our blog:
https://telegram.org/blog/group-video-calls
Animated Backgrounds and More

Animated Backgrounds have been added to all default themes. These new wallpapers swirl as you chat, thanks to a little algorithmic magic. 🧙‍♂️ Find your favorite from the dozens of new presets or build your own in the editor.

There’s much more motion as well – stickers and emoji now jump from your keyboard into the chat with new animations. On iOS, this also applies to media and text messages.

To see everything this update has in store, including new bot and security features, as well as importing stickers from other apps, take a look at the full blog post:

https://telegram.org/blog/animated-backgrounds