Secure messaging app Telegram has launched an alpha version of one-on-one video calling for both its Android and iOS apps. 2020 "highlighted the need for personal communication".
In a seventh anniversary blog post, Telegram described the process of starting a video call: tap the profile page of the person you want to connect with. Users can turn video on or off at any time during a call. The video calls support picture-in-picture mode so users can keep scrolling through the app when that call gets boring. Video calls are end-to-end encrypted, according to Telegram's blog posts. This is one of the defining features of the app for audio calls and SMS.
"Our apps for Android and iOS have reproducible builds, so anyone can check the encryption and confirm that their app is using exactly the same open source code that we publish with every update," the post said.
In April, Telegram announced it would launch group video calls later this year. That's not quite that, but in its recent blog post the company stated that "Video calling will get more features and enhancements in future releases as we work on launching group video calling in the coming months."
Telegram said in April it had hit 400 million monthly active users.