Telegram has a new update for its flagship messaging app, taking it to version 4.4(via Neowin). With this new app update, Telegram is borrowing a recently introduced feature from rival messaging apps, WhatsApp and Facebook messenger– live location tracking.
Live location is a feature most popularly used in Facebook’s messaging apps which let your friends and members of a group track your location live, it would work while you were using the app, and allow other users to see where you are in real time using your phone’s GPS. Ignoring the creepiness some tempted to feel, this feature is genuinely useful when meeting up with friends in an unfamiliar area, or for users who have a really poor sense of direction. With this, Telegram will let you share your direction for as long as 8 hours.
Telegram will also be making it easier to get your native language fully supported in the app, with a new translation mechanism being rolled out which means that the firm can now update their apps language without needing to push out a full update to better aid in their localization efforts.
The app also includes a new feature to make sharing and enjoying music in the app better. While it may be hard to conceptualize Telegram as a music player, the nature of the app means that you can share arbitrary files on it, including MP3s. Telegram has redesigned the internal music player of the app so that it appears to look more like a real music player app and even automatically makes a playlist of the music you’ve shared in the app. While most people use streaming music, for those that use and share MP3 files religiously, this will be a valuable addition.
The update is available on iOS and Android now, and will be rolling out to the desktop as well.