Telegram users always expect to receive the almost monthly update of the messaging application. Before the stable update rolls out, we get previews on what to expect from the beta update they release. For version 7.9.0, we are getting improvements to the app’s video features, including speed controls, better video messaging, and screen sharing. You can also configure message history cleaning on a monthly basis. Hopefully all of these features will make it to the stable update once it’s rolled out.
Testing Catalog Shares that Telegram beta update brings some improvements to various video features in the app. You now have video playback controls for videos shared in your chats. You can speed up or slow down the playback speed to x0.2, x0.5, x1.5, and x2. Simply touch the three-dot menu on the video player screen to access the controls. When someone sends you a video message, you can now expand it, view the message in a floating window so you can move it around, and also pinch to zoom.
In the meantime, you can now screen share in individual video calls, but it still doesn’t seem to be working on all beta test accounts. Ideally, it should be working if you are both beta clients. You should be able to share your screen and then switch to camera mode whenever you want. There doesn’t seem to be any details on which beta test accounts are getting this feature, so it may be a server-side update.
If you want to clean up some of your personal conversations from time to time, you can now set the automatic cleanup to occur after every month. Tap the Clear History button and choose a month. Previously, you could only delete one week’s messages, but now you can finally clear one month’s message history. Of course, this does not apply to group chats, but only to individual conversations.
These updates are available for version 7.9.0 of the beta version of Telegram. There’s no word yet on when the features will hit stable, but that should be in the next few months.