Last June, messaging platform Telegram launched its new subscription plan called Telegram Premium, which offered users some extra features for a monthly subscription fee. It’s unclear how the premium plan took off. But clearly in an attempt to popularize it, the messaging platform, in its latest update, has revealed some features for premium users, including an infinite menu of infinite reaction emojis, as well as new emoji statuses for profile.
To make it easier to choose from thousands and thousands of emojis, they can now attach up to 3 reactions per message. However, these changes to reactions are currently available in groups and individual chats and group admins can control whether custom reactions can be used in their groups or not.
Simultaneously, Telegram also announced that all users now have access to dozens of reactions – including those that were previously only available with Telegram Premium, such as 🤣 😐 🐳. “To accommodate all the new emojis, we’ve redesigned the reactions panel, making it expandable. Reactions you use frequently will appear at the top,” the platform said in a statement. blog post (opens in new tab).
animated emojis for status
As part of the new update, premium Telegram users also display animated emoji status next to their name. This custom status will replace the premium badge in the chat list, profile and groups. Users can set 7 default statuses that change color to match different Telegram themes or choose from an infinite number of custom emojis. Popular suggestions for working, sleeping, traveling and more will be shown at the top.
Users can tap the premium badge at the top of the chat list or go to settings to change their status. They need to press and hold an emoji to set a status for a specific duration.
Telegram also said that users who log in and log out frequently can now receive login codes via their email address or using Sign in with Apple or Sign in with Google. Signing up or logging in to Telegram on iOS is now even more streamlined and easier, along with the fun new interfaces and animations that Android users are already familiar with.
But is that good enough for a paid service?
Also, until now, all @usernames on Telegram have their own t.me/username links that make it easy for users to share their public profile, group or channel. Now, thanks to the new update, they can have a new username in unique link format – username.t.me – to emphasize their name.
Telegram also said that the media and files that are actively downloading can be managed from the ‘Downloads’ tab of Search or by tapping the download icon that appears in users’ chat list. They can now press and hold on any item in the list to reorder them and change their priority – downloading the main file first.
Anyway, it’s good that Telegram is doing its best to popularize its premium plan. But it’s debatable whether the mere availability of more emojis is good enough to lure customers to a paid service.