Telegram, the secure instant messaging service has issued an update v.3.18 allowing users to make and receive end-to-end encrypted calls over WiFi, 3G, and 4G. Yes, just like WhatsApp, you can now make calls using the Telegram app on your Android and iOS devices.

To deliver the best quality calling service, the latest update also allows Telegram to use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to check ping times, signal strength and network information, etc. without having any access to the contents of the user’s conversation.

Screenshot of the update we received on 31st March 2017

“According to our tests, Telegram Calls are already superior to any of our competitors on comparable connections,” said Telegram. “But the quality of Telegram Calls will further improve as you and others use them, thanks to the built-in machine learning.”

Another noticeable feature, which comes with the update is having a complete control over who calls you. You can even switch voice calls off altogether, blocking anyone and everyone from calling you. Also, in order to verify that call is 100% secure, you and your recipient only need to compare four emoji over the phone. There’s no need to use complicated pictures or lengthy codes for verification.

However, there’s one problem, the update only allows users in Europe to enjoy so far the end-to-end encrypted voice calls. It’s unclear when a worldwide update will be issued, the company did reveal that it’s coming soon. So stay tuned and keep an eye on your app store for the update.


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Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.