Telegram's review

    Published: 2014-01-27, by Manu Galvez.

    A free, fast, open-source and secure instant messaging app

    • Graphics
    • Full-featured
    • Secure: secret chat & tough encryption
    • Free with no ads
    • Cloud storage for messages and media
    • Language support
    • Navigation's intuitiveness

    "A reliable alternative"

    The battle for the instant messaging space has already become a game of thrones. Some have an advantage over others, but anyone is secure on its very own position.

    Telegram Messenger rushes in that overcrowded battleground with some interesting features, aiming to be positioned as a real alternative to what's already on the market.

    Unlike other similar apps, Telegram is free with no ads and promises no later charging. In addition, it's an open-source project with an API to allow any developer freely create dedicated apps to be run within Telegram.

    Privacy is one of the main concerns of the current instant messaging apps. Telegram Messenger claims itself as a more secure alternative since it applies an unbreakable encryption (AES-256 / RSA 2048) to all the messages users send. Likewise, it uses a decentralized infrastructure of servers that guarantee both, a fast sending / receiving performance and a higher security.

    Thanks to its cloud-based backup system you can always access and review your messages and media (unlimited storage).

    One of its most interesting features is the 'secret chat' which allows you to send messages with custom self-destruct timer. Push notifications from secret chats don't reveal the sender ID.

    Other basic chat options are also guaranteed: group chat (up to 200 members), emoji, media and location sharing (no voice clips yet) and chat background customization. A desktop version is coming.

    The interface would remind you other similar services (yes, probably the most-known one so far). It may look like a replica but it's neat, polished and runs smoothly.

    Despite it falls short of language support and navigation's intuitiveness, Telegram Messenger is a reliable alternative to other established instant messaging apps. Highly recommended.

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    by Emmanuel , Appszoom

    Jan 27, 2014


    Pure instant messaging — simple, fast, secure, and synced across all your devices. Over 200 million active users in four years.

    FAST: Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market, connecting people via a unique, distributed network of data centers around the globe.

    SYNCED: You can access your messages from all your devices at once. Start typing on your phone and finish the message from your tablet or laptop. Never lose your data again.

    UNLIMITED: You can send media and files, without any limits on their type and size. Your entire chat history will require no disk space on your device, and will be securely stored in the Telegram cloud for as long as you need it.

    SECURE: We made it our mission to provide the best security combined with ease of use. Everything on Telegram, including chats, groups, media, etc. is encrypted using a combination of 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange.

    POWERFUL: You can create group chats for up to 200,000 members, share large videos, documents of any type (.DOC, .MP3, .ZIP, etc.), and even set up bots for specific tasks. It's the perfect tool for hosting online communities and coordinating teamwork.

    RELIABLE: Built to deliver your messages in the minimum bytes possible, Telegram is the most reliable messaging system ever made. It works even on the weakest mobile connections.

    FUN: Telegram has powerful photo and video editing tools and an open sticker/GIF platform to cater to all your expressive needs.

    SIMPLE: While providing an unprecedented array of features, we are taking great care to keep the interface clean. With its minimalist design, Telegram is lean and easy to use.

    100% FREE & NO ADS: Telegram is free and will always be free. We are not going to sell ads or introduce subscription fees.

    PRIVATE: We take your privacy seriously and will never give third parties access to your data.

    For those interested in maximum privacy, Telegram offers Secret Chats. Secret Chat messages can be programmed to self-destruct automatically from both participating devices. This way you can send all types of disappearing content — messages, photos, videos, and even files. Secret Chats use end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient.

    We keep expanding the boundaries of what you can do with a messaging app. Don’t wait years for older messengers to catch up with Telegram — join the revolution today.

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