What is Telegram?
Telegram, a recently-developed cross-platform messenger app which is fast, versatile and powerful. You can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc) to people who are in your phone contacts and have Telegram. You can also create groups for up to 200 people. With Telegram you can do all of this on any number of your devices, both mobile web and desktop.
Telegram for iPhone was launched on August 14, 2013. The alpha version of Telegram for Android was officially launched on October 20, 2013. More and more Telegram clients appear, built by independent developers using Telegram’s open platform.
Web Address : www.telegram.org
Which devices are supported?
Telegram is officially available for iOS (6 and above) and Android (2.2 and up) devices. We support tablets and smartphones alike. Telegram HD was designed for the iPhone and iPad — and works on iPods too. We also have unofficial clients, including a web version for browsers, as well as several desktop apps and a version for Windows Phone devices.
How is Telegram different from WhatsApp?
Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is cloud-based and heavily encrypted. As a result, you can access your messages from several devices (including desktops!) and share an unlimited number of photos, videos and files (doc, zip, mp3, etc). Thanks to our multi-data center infrastructure and encryption, Telegram is also faster and way more secure.
On top of that, Telegram is free and will stay free — no ads, no subscription fees, forever.
Who are the people behind Telegram?
Telegram is supported by Pavel and Nikolai Durov. Pavel supports Telegram financially and ideologically, while Nikolai’s input is technological. To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram combines security, reliability and speed on any network.
While the Durov brothers were born in Russia, as were some of the key developers, Telegram is not connected to Russia – legally or physically. Telegram’s HQ is in Berlin.
Special Features WhatsApp does not have
Group Chat with 200 friends:
In Telegram you can add 200 contacts for each group, but in WhatsApp its only 50 contacts.
Chat Safer than ever:
Telegram is It’s heavily encrypted so it is hard to for anyone to hack in to the chat.
Secret Chat :
Secret chats are meant for people who want more security than the average fella. All messages in secret chats use end-to-end encryption. This means only you and the recipient can read those messages — nobody else can decipher them, including us here at Telegram. Messages cannot be forwarded from secret chats. You can also order your messages to self-destruct in a set amount of time after they have been read by the recipient. The message will then disappear from both your and your friend’s devices.
Anyone who claims that Telegram messages can be deciphered is welcome to prove that claim in competition and win $200,000. You can check out the Contest FAQ to learn more.
You can chat on multiple platforms (Mobile, Web, Software) :
Telegram is officially available for iOS (6 and above) and Android (2.2 and up) devices. It support tablets and smartphones alike. Telegram HD was designed for the iPhone and iPad and works on iPods too. They have unofficial clients, including a web version for browsers, as well as several desktop apps and a version for Windows Phone devices.
It’s open source :
Telegram wants to earn users’ trust by operating as a non-profit, open platform initiative. And the API is open for developers, should you want to build your own applications for other platforms.
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