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    Telegram Messaging App Review

    There are many Instant messaging apps in the market offering really good services to the mobile users that too free of cost. Whatsapp is one of the most used IM followed by BBM, Wechat and other messengers. The latest one is the Telegram. Telegram is a chat messenger like WhatsApp or Wechat offering free services of chatting. One of the biggest threats that the messengers are facing now is lack of data security. Data can be easily accessed in most of the messengers as the security is low there. Also you cannot send huge files in those messengers.

    Telegram is all set to arrive multiple platforms claiming to give good protection to the data and enabling huge data transfer through it. Mobile users are too much used to WhatsApp and other messenger and over the time they have identified the major flaws of these apps. Let’s find out if Telegram would persist in the market and what new it has to offer the customers.


    User Interface:

    Telegram is a new app offering secure transmission of the data/ messages or files that we lack in other messengers. Also the app is compatible on many devices and platforms. Its working is similar to that of the other messengers. Like other apps you get started on telegram by verifying your mobile number first. Then after verification you are sent an SMS with a code. The code is to be entered or at times automatically done and the app is started on your handset. if you have used whatsapp you would know it’s the same procedure. You get to see all those contacts who are on Telegram already.

    Telegram has most of the features of whatsapp like the last seen status, where users get to know when their selected contact had last accessed the app or came online. They have sorted out the contact list Alphabetically which makes our job much easier. To view the profile information you need to simply tap on the photo of your telegram contact. Telegram allows customization of tone for particular contact or group. Like in whatsapp you have media where you see all the pictures and videos that you have shared with the person, telegram has shared media which serves the same purpose. You can share photos, videos and location data using this messenger.


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    Telegram is set apart the other messenger because of its two major features. One is the end-to-end encryption of messages and other is the self-destruction of messages. These are optional to the user. They can choose to encrypt there message to a particular contact if they want to. Encryption is a way of giving the data maximum security and no intervention. There is a start secret chat option with the app. This allows you to send encrypted message to the chat contact. Once you choose to chat through secret chat first your chat partner would be notified about it and has to accept the request. Once done your messages would be encrypted on all the transmission stations making it indecipherable to anyone accept the receiver. This also means that your messages won’t be stored at the telegram servers. The encryption is done with the key that is identical to the chat partner. Such type of messages are said to be fully secured. That’s about the encryption, now about the message destruction. There is an option of self-destruct timer. When you choose this option you can set timing for your message to be self-destructed. It means you can choose duration between 2sec to a week from sending message to receiving it. So once it is set, the messages cannot be traced anywhere not even on the devices of either chat person.

    So that’s about the major highlights of the telegram. Apart from the end to end encryption and self-destruct timing this chat messenger holds all the other features of common chat messenger. There are huge number of emoticons and smileys. It holds almost all the options of whatApp except for the voice chat. The voice chat option of whatsApp was acknowledged with huge applause. Telegram seems to have missed that one here. It has other option like the group chat where you can form groups of about 100 people at a time. As mentioned before telegram allows data transfer in huge amount. You can send pictures and videos using the paper clip icon of the size of about 1GB.


    Cloud Storage:

    Telegram also offers cloud service! You can store your messages in the cloud and access in from anywhere you want. Under the setting option you have edit option to edit your profile, change photo, set status etc. notifications and sound is also customizable according to your will. There is blacklist here to avoid unwanted people. You choose your favourite background for your chats using the setting options. Like WeChat, Telegram has placed a sign out option to at the lower end.


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    User interface is quite good in this messenger. Telegram seems to have put together the good features of all the IM’s available. There is a good number of options under the setting like changing background and setting tones to give a personalized touch to the app. Encryption is not very hard and it sets up smoothly and easily. Another best thing about the app is its multi device support and unlimited cloud functionality. Once you have registered your number with the app you can use the same account through your tablet or other phone by entering the same number and registering it the same way as before. Thus now you can chat more comfortably through your tablet or other smartphone. This is something that other messenger have not yet been able to achieve. There are no details whether the app is available for the windows platform yet, any progress would be updated.


    As far as performance is concerned, telegram messenger worked smoothly when I tried it. It is reliable and never got stuck. Sending videos of high quality wasn’t an issue either. Self-destruction mode ran nicely and did very well. Messages got delivered instantly, of course it also depends on the network you are using. Telegram is free of cost, like other messengers. It is free of advertising and you don’t need to pay up for any of its features. You need to check your store for availability or download it from internet. iOS version is also available.

    Conclusion:

    So, Telegram seems to hold much good stuff especially the data security that most of the other messengers are facing problem with. Performance of the app is splendid and user interface is nicely put together. There are a lot of messengers in the market already giving a tough time for telegram to enter. The major issue that I faced when I downloaded it was there were hardly any contacts who had telegram installed in there handsets. Also it lacks voice message options which may seriously turn it down.The telegram messenger definitely needs a lot of marketing as very few people are aware of it. It let you transfer video up to 1GB which I found somewhat useful. With the new features it has come up with, compatibility with many devices, the reliability it assures and the cloud storage it is offering, users would soon be considering this app.

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