Telegram X Beta - Alternative client for Android - An alternative Telegram client based on TDLib, with higher speed, slicker animations and experimental features

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    Date: 15 Oct 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Telegram X, one of our favorite messaging apps on Android, after a month and a half of testing, finally got an update on the stable channel. There have been in total twenty-one beta/release candidate versions released to all testers, with numerous fixes and enhancements, including tons of improvements around devices running Android Pie, translations and more. Let's go through our, kind of quick, updates round-up:

    Translations

    Telegram X is now available in ten languages (English, French, German, Italian, Malay, Malayalam, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian) and whenever your local language gets added to the list, you will be asked to switch to it, without an app update required.

    If you want to suggest a translation change, you can check our detailed guide about "Translating Telegram Beta for Android" where everything needed is explained thoroughly.

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    Date: 25 Sep 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Telegram X got 10 new updates this month, mostly related to translations and localizations. Let's see some of the highlight features that came with the builds released since the beginning of September:

    Editing channels and supergroup content/info

    You can now edit channel and supergroup descriptions and links by just tapping on them. Things are much easier now, aren't they?

    New settings entries

    There is a new settings entry in Settings - Interface named 'Remember media grouping setting' - When enabled, the last used media grouping settings will be saved. Another one is 'Save edited photos to gallery', which is also in the Interface section and is on by default.

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    Date: 19 Sep 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Telegram X is one of our top best Android apps and that is why this time we are going to focus on one of it's not so well known features called live locations. Live locations allow a user to share his location constantly to a chosen contact, or multiple contacts at the same time. If you are part of a group, then locations of participants will be showing up on a single map.

    This is, in a way, similar to SnapMap in Shapchat, where you get a map and your friends' current location is marked on a map. Telegram X uses Google Maps as a maps provider by default, but there are other options you can choose from Settings > Privacy and Security > Map Preview Provider and Map Preview Provider in Cloud Chats.

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    Date: 14 Sep 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    The Telegram X app for Android has a very unique design and set of features. In this regard, we are going to look at the gestures incorporated for navigating throughout the app, albeit some of them are reminiscent of IOS. This year, if you do not know, the trend is all about gesture-based navigation because every OEM, including Google, has adopted some variant of it in their software (Android Pie too). They are sort of meant to make your life easier for all huge-screen phone lovers. This is why we made a list of all of the gestures in Telegram X, in categories depending on the part of the UI that they are functional in.

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    Date: 29 Aug 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Following the Telegram app, Telegram X v0.20.11.980 beta also adds custom localizations, but not only that. First, let's see the changelog for this release:

    What's new?

    • Install custom localizations from XML files
    • Switch between installed localizations. Delete them by swiping or holding
    • New tools for both translators and custom localization files creators
    • Slightly reordered items in the settings
    • More available message text sizes
    • Changed the text size of message and caption input fields
    • Enable Size Scaling: Turn on to apply system font size changes (Settings - Themes - Text Size - Three-dot Menu)
    • Reset text size to default in the three-dot menu when
    • Chat text size now applies to replies too (only to the content)
    • Chat text size no longer applies to bios and descriptions
    • When playing a game, the corresponding status will be set properly
    • Icons when selecting output channel during a call

    Fixes

    • Pause icon size in the in-app YouTube player is too small
    • Alert dialogs are not translated regardless of the chosen language
    • "OK" cannot be translated
    • Bold text for some languages may not be working in some parts of the UI

    What are localizations and how do they work

    Localizations are translations.

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    Date: 06 Aug 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    How to set up a proxy for Telegram X using pre-made proxies

    1. Open the Telegram X app.
    2. Go to one of these channels - MTProto or MTProto Proxies. 3.
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    Date: 01 Aug 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    The Telegram X app got a total of six updates today (August 1st) with a very handy tool for translators and a huge pack of bugs squashed. Here are the two new features from version 0.20.10.968 beta:

    • HTTP Proxy Setup
    • Translations: Use "Unlock Language Settings" in the debug menu if you are a translator

    You can read the full changelogs from here.

    One of the latest releases brings the HTTP proxy feature, which is accessible from Settings - Data and Storage - Proxy.

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    Date: 28 Jul 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Telegram X app for Android received a plethora of updates and bug fixes this month and here's our review. Let's go through the main features:

    Passcodes for Secret Chats and Fingerprint Unlock

    • You can set-up an additional Passcode Lock of any type and options for Secret Chats. When enabled, it will be required each time you access a specified Secret Chat and its content will be hidden on the chats page. Set it up by using the three-dot menu.
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    Date: 24 Jul 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    The devs are using Telegram X as a testing platform for developing new features and implementing huge design changes. It's built with the focus being on performance and sleek animations. It has gained a huge popularity since it's official launch and now it has more than 5 million installs on the Play Store. Due to these reasons, a bug can always occur and here's our guide on how to write a bug report. But before that, be sure to subscribe for the Telegram X beta program.

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    Date: 22 Jul 2018
    Author: Alexey S
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    There is a poll for the next Telegram X feature happening now! If you will navigate to the https://t.me/tgx_android channel fast enough - you will be able to participate in the poll where you can choose what feature do you want to see next.

    There are 3 options:

    • Video Quality
    • Raise to Speak
    • Masks

    First two options sound straightforward while the last one is about a possibility to add filters "Masks" in the in-app photo editor. Here you can find an official blog post about the photo editing feature.

    This seems to be the first time (didn't see this before) in Telegram X beta history when users were given to decide the direction of future development.

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    Date: 18 Jul 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Telegram X v0.20.10.958 beta brings along a ton of bug fixes and enhancements with some very handy toggles added. Let's go through the very very detailed changelog and then we will share our thoughts.

    What's new?

    • Completely reworked delete chat / return to chat logic (delete chat / leave group / leave channel / clear history / return to group / return to channel buttons) on all screens (chats list, chat itself, profile)
    • Leave Channel / Leave Group for its creators from the chats list / chat and profile screen
    • Return to Group / Return to Channel through three-dot menu, when available
    • When deleting a secret chat, specify if you'd like to delete history on other party's side
    • When leaving a basic group chat, specify if you'd like to delete chat from the list or just leave without deleting history
    • Save GIF in full-screen GIF viewer
    • Video Messages tab in shared media / saved messages
    • Tap to open full-screen viewer when autoplay GIFs disabled
    • High-quality preview of the GIF when autoplay GIFs disabled
    • When autoplay GIFs option disabled, video messages won't move while paused as well, and this option applies to shared media as well
    • Moved: Destroy group / channel is now located on manage group / channel screen inside three-dot menu (and only if there are less than 1000 members)
    • Updated TDLib version
    • Added "Copyright" as chat report reason
    • Added Settings - Privacy & Security - Delete all cloud drafts
    • Significantly reduced CPU & memory usage taken by each GIF and video message, thus, they display much faster and smoother (most noticeable when you scroll shared GIFs or @gif results)
    • Collapsed some message menu items to "More" in order to reduce its size (also removed "Select" option for the same reason)
    • Playback position is now properly saved when you pause/resume app while playing videos

    Improvements:

    • When a new message arrives into the open chat, the sound will play only for messages that need notification
    • "Too Many Requests: retry after X" error message
    • USER_NOT_MUTUAL_CONTACT error message
    • Contextual information in pop-ups (i.e.
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    Date: 14 Jul 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    The popular messaging app Telegram X got an update to v0.20.10.957 Beta with the following changes, with our teardown confirming the official changelog that was released.

    Teardown:

    <string name="NoGifsToShow">No GIFs to show.</string>

    <string name="NoGifsToShowInChannel">Published GIFs will be shown here.</string>

    <string name="NoGifsToShowInChat">"Share GIFs in this chat and access them on any device you have."</string>

    <string name="NoVoiceToShow">No voice messages to show</string>

    <string name="NoVoiceToShowInChannel">"Published voice messages will be shown here."</string>

    <string name="NoVoiceToShowInChat">"Share voice messages in this chat and access them on any device you have."</string>

    Visual Changes:

    • View high-res GIFs at full speed without downscale in full-screen viewer (when you tap on a GIF) and in previews (when you hold it in GIFs tab).
    • Pause/play button when you play video.
    • "Silent Broadcast" setting in channels is now synchronized across all devices.
    • GIFs & Voice tabs in Profiles.
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    Date: 09 Jul 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Today here's yet another Telegram X beta update bumping the version number to 0.20.10.956, which brings the following changes and bug fixes:

    • Clickable usernames in the sticker pack names
    • Delete inline bots from the recents list (@)
    • When you click on a hashtag from a channel, it will be searched among the channel messages
    • Improved - terminate session / terminate all sesions pop-up style - You can find it in Settings - Privacy and Security - Active Sessions - Terminate All Other Sessions.
    • Improved - slightly increased the distance needed to open a chat preview
    • Fixed - Hashtags deletion from the recents list (#) doesn't work properly
    • Fixed - Swipe-to-remove conflict in the sessions list
    • Fixed - Swipe up to open a chat preview doesn't work when actions for the chat are unavailable
    • Fixed - Crash when trying to add the 1000th account

    Updated TDLib version:

    • Fixed - messages with inline keyboards are not editable
    • Fixed - text URLs are missing from the shared links
    • Fixed - several rare crashes
    • Fixed - freezing possibility between instance restarts

    Also there's a message from the developers of the app on Telegram X's Official Channel:

    "It seems that now only messages with inline keyboards became editable.

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    Date: 06 Jul 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    First, let's see what the fixed issues are (most of them are cosmetic):

    • Fixed Separator style in pop-up menu
    • Fixed Separator style above message input
    • Fixed Incorrect "Sync Contacts" hint
    • Fixed Groups in Common on secret chats profile
    • Fixed Chat previews touch handling / status bar overlapping on Samsung Galaxy S8,S8+,S9,S9+
    • Fixed Incorrectly trimmed message input placeholder
    • Fixed link content may be treated as markdown tags

    There are also near a dozen of features/changes introduced. Here they are:

    • Mark chats as unread / read - You can access it by holding down your finger on a chat and then moving it to the letter icon at the bottom, and then releasing it.
    • Open chat preview by swiping up - Hold your finger on a chat for a preview and then swipe up to open it.
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    Date: 27 Jun 2018
    Author: Alexey S
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    A new feature allows you to skip currently played track from the in-chat music control bar. Additionally to that, you can hold the button to fast forward.

    This is is one of the first experimental features mentioned in the changelog so it would be interesting to see if it will go to the stable version too (Will it still be experimental?)

    Full changelog:

    • Improved chat opening logic
    • Latest TDLib support
    • More censorship circumvention techniques
    • Fixed chat reading in secret chats
    • Last seen timestamp is now always shown on the profile screen
    • [X] When playing music, voice, or video message, press fast forward button to skip current item. Hold it to increase playback speed.
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