Telegram's CEO says voice calls and custom themes are coming to the app

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has confirmed that custom themes and voice calls will be coming to the app in the future. The news broke out when the Russian-born entrepreneur responded to a tweet last Friday:

Despite the confirmation, it is not clear when exactly will Telegram adopt these new features, as the company has so far refused to further elaborate on Durov's statement on Twitter.

The desktop version of the app recently added custom themes in its 1.0 version, so it's safe to assume that it won't be too long before they appear on mobile. As for the inclusion of encrypted voice/video calls, a Telegram tweet from April 2015 reveals that the company has developed the technology, but did not see it as a top priority at the time:

However, things have changed since 2015, as many other messaging platforms (Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat et al.) have added audio or video calling capabilities to their services. One observant Redditer even located a hidden call functionality feature within the 3.16 beta version of Telegram, which could indicate that it will roll out soon rather than later.

via VentureBeat



1. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

still difficult to lure people away from other messengers, but technically telegram is extremely well built. I am using it as my only messenger.

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

True, Telegram >>>> WhatsApp. Too bad people don't know much about it.

2. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Interesting that all these chat and texting apps are coming out with voice calling at a time when fewer and fewer people make voice calls. Also, regular telcos are now making it much cheaper to call long distance anyway. I have a cellphone plan that allows me 500 minutes of National calls PLUS 1000 minutes a month to 8 countries! Who needs to call via Whatsapp or Telegram or Viber or whatever with a deal like that!

4. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

the problem is not all providers in all countries have these contracts etc. without skype, whatsapp, viber etc my mother wouldn't be able to call (from home) all the relatives in Europe and Argentina. Since she only has a prepaid sim card in her phone and contracts with all inclusive (calls,sms,data) cost a fortune in Switzerland, these messaging apps with voice/video are absolutely fantastic as she can talk for hours from home.

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