Advertise Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said that the iOS version of the platform is being updated to support conference video calls in May.
The company originally planned to add the feature to its messaging service sometime in 2020, but the feature never arrived.
During the new year, Telegram was able to add end-to-end encrypted video calls in August 2020, after it had previously added group voice chats.
Dorov’s announcement of the new launch date was shared on his personal Telegram channel.
He wrote that conference video calls have screen sharing features, encryption, noise cancellation, desktop and tablet support, that is, everything you can expect from a modern video conferencing tool, but with a Telegram-level user interface.
Telegram offers end-to-end encryption for two-way video calls, and the addition of the new feature gives Telegram greater parity with the likes of Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger Rooms, etc.
Telegram has grown dramatically due to the pandemic, capitalizing on the shift to work from home and the general desire to stay in touch safely.
The company announced that it had reached 400 million monthly active users in April 2020, up from 200 million in 2018.
Dorov wrote in a blog post in April 2020 to celebrate the reach of 400 million users that the global shutdown highlighted the need for a reliable video calling tool, and described video calls in 2020 as being like messaging in 2013.
Dorov’s participation reiterates the reference to encryption, but does not specify whether it uses end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp outperformed Telegram in providing end-to-end encrypted video conference calls, as the company added video and group voice calls in 2018.
Doroff also promoted the newly launched Webk and Webz versions of Telegram, and said: These releases are light years ahead of what any other social media service across the web should offer, and to make it feature-packed, we are currently testing a functional version of video calling based To the web internally, to be added soon.