In 2013 WhatsApp already dominated the world … and it did it with ease. It continued to consolidate itself as the most widely used instant messaging and chat mobile application in the world, increasing the distance in terms of number of users with other rivals and alternatives such as Skype, LINE or Kik Messenger.
However that year makes an appearance Telegram Messenger, a messaging app developed by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov. It appears first for mobile phones and the following year in a multiplatform version, proposing a development model not against WhatsApp, but yes different from WhatsApp. In fact it will be many of its characteristics that seem to begin to mark the step of the messaging giant bought by Facebook and other apps.
The secure and private instant messaging and chat client
And although the truth is that right now everyone is gradually incorporating more layers of security into their developments, it was the first of the big to include encryption and encryption to your messages, in a way that made it possible to have totally private conversations. With Telegram Desktop came the native desktop client, a version for PC that allows you to run the program independently without having to resort to the web version.
If there could be a killer WhatsApp, this would be it.
Count with one wide range of functions and characteristics that are common in its different developments, either in the Android APK, in its versions for iOS devices such as iPhone, in its app for macOS, in the Telegram online version or even in the client for Linux:
- Conversations with your contacts.
- Groups of up to 5,000 simultaneous members.
- Synchronization of individual and group chats between all your devices.
- Locate users by their nick without having to have it in the contact list.
- Send documents of any type and format.
- Encrypt conversations with 256-bit AES encryption.
- Destroy messages with a timer.
- Store your files in the cloud with integrated history.
- API available to developers.
- Possibility of chatting with yourself (useful for sharing files or links to read later).
- Broadcast channels.
- Bot platforms that you can use in all kinds of services.
- Sending emoticons and stickers.
- Desktop notifications.
Without a doubt one of the bargains of instant messaging.
What is better? Telegram or WhatsApp?
To tell the truth, WhatsApp takes a while that seems to have put the batteries, possibly because its users demanded the implementation of features that they did have in apps like this one. Anyway, you already know that there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to applications and messaging and choosing one does not mean that you cannot also download another.
But hey, if you want reasons to decide on the Durov brothers’ application, here are a few:
- Private messages that can self-destruct.
- Free, always free, and without ads or subscription fees.
- Messages protected against hacker attacks.
- There is no size limitation for submitting files.
The secret chats of Telegram
This privacy-related feature has been one of the most appreciated of all. It establishes discreet and ephemeral conversations between users using end-to-end encryption and can only be opened by the recipient with the key and only once. It was controversial because militants of the so-called Islamic State used it to communicate.
In short, the desktop client collects the different functions that we can see in the rest of the devices but adapted to the Microsoft operating system and with perfect synchronization between them.
What’s new in the latest version
- Allows you to pin multiple messages in any chat, including chats between two users.
- It allows you to send multiple music tracks as a playlist and multiple files as an album in a chat bubble.