The instant messaging app Telegram is all set to introduce group video calls for its users in May, including support for web-based video conferencing.
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov made the new announcement via a message posted to his official Telegram channel where he wrote" we will be adding a video dimension to our voice chats in May, making Telegram a powerful platform for group video calls".
"Screen sharing, encryption, noise-cancelling, desktop and tablet support -- everything you can expect from a modern video conferencing tool, but with Telegram-level UI, speed and encryption. Stay tuned!" he added.
The company had originally planned to add the video call feature to its messaging service in 2020.
In an April 2020 blog post, to mark passing 400 million users, it wrote that the global lockdown had "highlighted the need for a trusted video communication tool" -- going on to dub video calls in 2020 "much like messaging in 2013".
Nevertheless, it was also concerned about the security aspect of group video calling, which may have caused the delay.
The company reported that it reached 400 million monthly active users in April 2020.