Telegram's latest update includes new location-based chats

  • TECH
  • Sunday, 30 Jun 2019

The logo of Telegram displayed on the screen of a smartphone in Straubing, Germany. — dpa

Messaging service Telegram has released an update that enables users to connect and chat with people nearby, making it easier to add new contacts.

"Ever scrambled for business cards at a beach party? Or dropped somebody's phone into the pool in a 'let me type in my number for you' moment? Worry no more," Telegram says on its blog.

The feature is called "People Nearby" and can be activated by clicking on contacts, then "Add People Nearby", where you can find other users who have also activated the feature.

Another new feature is the ability to create local chats, for instance if you're meeting a group of new people and want to form a group chat together.

The group chats are not visible when you leave the location, so you won't be stuck in a chat with former colleagues for all eternity.

Finally, Telegram has also announced a feature that allows the hosts of group chats to pass the baton if they tire of this task. Ownership rights of group chats can now be passed on whenever necessary. – dpa

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