Telegram 3.15 adds favorite chats, integration with IFTTT, YouTube Floating Player and more
Telegram is one of the most popular messaging applications out there, not so much for the gross amount of users but for the quantity and quality of the added options that it includes and the smooth operation of its messaging in the cloud. Part of its success is due to the constant updates adding a detail here and there to make it even better.
The 3.15 update is no exception and comes especially loaded with Android news. Thus, you will find the possibility to set favorite chats to always be displayed, integration with IFTTT, a better photo editor, floating YouTube video player and sending messages to secret Chats.
Telegram, and the vast majority of messaging applications, sort the recent conversations by the date of the last message sent or received. It makes enough sense, but if you talk to many people at once this could sink into the chats depths that you consider most important. The solution that most applications have chosen are favorite contacts, but in Telegram have preferred to highlight the fixed chats, which is the same, but something different.
The operation is very simple. After a long press on any of the chats, you must choose the Anchor option to always show up at the top. You can anchor up to five different conversations. If you change your mind, make a long press and choose Unpin.
Integration with IFTTT
There is a new bot in town, and often bot. The integration with IFTTT supposes the connectivity with the 360 services included in this system, including Twitter, Instagram and a lot more. The possibilities are almost limitless but everything starts by opening a chat with the IFTTT bot (@IFTTT) and pressing Start.
Then you need to connect your Telegram account, visiting this website after you have logged in to IFTTT. You can do this step on both Android and PC, if you have the Telegram Desktop installed.
Once both services are connected, it is up to you to decide what to do with such power. Some examples: share your Instagram photos in a chat, notify you by Telegram of your new emails, publish your Twitter mentions in Telegram and a long, long etcetera. To be able to use it in channels you must first add the IFTTT bot to the channel and start it. In the IFTTT itself you already have several recipes (or Applets, as they are called now) ready to use.
When sending an image to a chat you could rotate it 90 degrees in any direction, but not precisely. Image rotation now works like Instagram, with a slider where you can rotate with full precision until the horizon is horizontal.
The improved Youtube player had been in iOS for some time and finally extended to Android as well. From now on, links to YouTube videos are opened and played very easily, with the possibility of opening them in a floating window that keeps playing even if you change the application, similar to what we saw on Facebook a few days ago.
Finally, Telegram allows you to forward messages to secret chat. Being secretive, it is normal that messages can not be forwarded from them, but there is no problem in forwarding them to them, but the option was not enabled until now.