Telegram beta v5.1.0 got a polls feature which makes it unnecessary to use bots

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Telegram beta v5.1.0 got a polls feature which makes it unnecessary to use bots

Telegram is a messaging app where you can use different chatbots in order to enhance your chat experience. There are a lot of different bots available including different timers, reminders, and services. There are also plenty of different poll bots with allow users to create and share polls in their channels and groups. From now on, most of them will become unnecessary.

New polls feature was introduced in the latest Telegram beta update for the Android v5.1.0.

You can get it directly from our channel in Telegram or from the in-app update if you already have it installed.

How to find it?

After updating the app, this feature will become immediately available. In order to use it, you need to open a group or channel and tap on the "attachment" icon. A new pop-up will contain an additional "Poll" option which will lead to the poll creation view. Please keep in mind that it is not possible to create polls on 1 on 1 chat.

How to create a poll?

When you open a "new poll" view, this process becomes very straightforward. This feature is very simple at this moment and it only allows you to customize a question text and add up to 10 different options to it. Simply tap on the "Add a new option" to add more and drag and drop them to rearrange. The copy-pasting is disabled for all text fields which is not very handy. Also, all of them have a character limit.

When you are done with editing, just hit on the "ok" icon on the top right. The poll will appear in the channel or group and other people will be able to vote. This poll is shown as anonymous which means that nobody will know who votes where. Results will be visible to everyone after the voting. It is also possible to change the vote by tapping on the message and choosing "Retract Vote". The poll creator also can stop the poll at any time.

It is important to know that people with clients where these polls are not supported will see a poll as "Unsupported message".

What do you think about this feature?

Source: tgtester, Telegram blog