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Telegram

Telegram

(70 stars) 3,453,239 ratingsDownloads: 100,000,000 - 500,000,000

Price: FREEPlatform: Android Developer: Telegram FZ-LLC size: 16.64 MB

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A reliable alternative

The battle for the instant messaging space has already become a game of thrones. Some have an advantage over others, but anyone is secure on its very own position.

Telegram Messenger rushes in that overcrowded battleground with some interesting features, aiming to be positioned as a real alternative to what's already on the market.

Unlike other similar apps, Telegram is free with no ads and promises no later charging. In addition, it's an open-source project with an API to allow any developer freely create dedicated apps to be run within Telegram.

Privacy is one of the main concerns of the current instant messaging apps. Telegram Messenger claims itself as a more secure alternative since it applies an unbreakable encryption (AES-256 / RSA 2048) to all the messages users send. Likewise, it uses a decentralized infrastructure of servers that guarantee both, a fast sending / receiving performance and a higher security.

Thanks to its cloud-based backup system you can always access and review your messages and media (unlimited storage).

One of its most interesting features is the 'secret chat' which allows you to send messages with custom self-destruct timer. Push notifications from secret chats don't reveal the sender ID.

Other basic chat options are also guaranteed: group chat (up to 200 members), emoji, media and location sharing (no voice clips yet) and chat background customization. A desktop version is coming.

The interface would remind you other similar services (yes, probably the most-known one so far). It may look like a replica but it's neat, polished and runs smoothly.

Despite it falls short of language support and navigation's intuitiveness, Telegram Messenger is a reliable alternative to other established instant messaging apps. Highly recommended.

PROS

  • Graphics
  • Full-featured
  • Secure: secret chat & tough encryption
  • Free with no ads
  • Cloud storage for messages and media

CONS

  • Language support
  • Navigation's intuitiveness

Recently changed

5.3.1: • Bug fixes 5.3: • Apply blur and motion effects to chat backgrounds in Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Background. • Set custom colors as backgrounds and apply patterns. • Search for new backgrounds by color or topic. • Share and set backgrounds via links that work on all platforms. • Use backgrounds you set on one device on your other devices. • Enjoy a selection of new backgrounds.

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(70 stars) 3,453,239 ratings
Downloads: 100,000,000 - 500,000,000
Price: FREE
Platform: Android
size: 16.64 MB
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