Telegram vs WhatsApp
Last updated: February 11, 2017
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s super-fast, simple, secure and free. Telegram seamlessly syncs across all of your devices and can be used on desktops, tablets and phones alike. You can send an unlimited amount of messages, photos, videos and files of any type (.doc, .zip, .pdf, etc.). Telegram groups have up to 200 people and you can send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts at a time. Be sure to check our website for a list of Telegram apps for all platforms.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
Latest news about Telegram and WhatsApp:
11.02.17. WhatsApp enabled two-factor authentication for everyone. WhatsApp is making two-factor verification possible for all of its one billion plus users. By using a passcode to verify your phone number it decreases the likelihood a WhatsApp account can be accessed by a third party. WhatsApp, which has been heavily criticised for sharing user information with the Facebook family of companies, says providing it with your email address will allow for two-step verification to be turned off if the passcode is forgotten. WhatsApp says two-step verification is an optional feature. To turn it on, make sure you have the latest version of the app, and go to Settings. From settings, visit account, then two-step verification and press enable.
05.01.17. Telegram adds unsend feature. Messaging app Telegram adds “unsend” feature which lets users retrieve (i.e. delete) messages within two days of sending them. Secure messenger Signal also recently added an ephemeral messaging feature, back in October — albeit for ‘tidiness’, not privacy. Telegram’s unsend feature works within one-to-one and group messaging scenarios, and has to be enacted within the 48 hour window. It says the idea is to serve users with ‘morning after messaging regret’ by letting them scrub stuff they wish they’d never said.
15.11.16. WhatsApp launches video calls. Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp is launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid interstitial asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To kick off the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen. With video calling, WhatsApp is belatedly catching up with a number of rivals, including Facebook’s own Messenger app, for example, as well as Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google’s recently launched Duo, to name a few.
11.05.16. WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows. WhatsApp has launched desktop clients for Mac and Windows. People who have already been using WhatsApp on their web browsers will find that software isn’t significantly different. The desktop app is an extension of your phone app, with all messages synced between devices. Giving power users who rely on WhatsApp for work communications, desktop options helps it competes against other messaging services, like iMessenger, WeChat, and Skype. WhatsApp is currently testing out B2C accounts, which would give it a new revenue source after dropping its 99 cent annual subscription fee.
13.04.16. Telegram released Bot Platform 2.0. Messaging platform Telegram announced a 2.0 update to its bot platform - the biggest update since launch last year. The update brings the ability for devs to build bots that can send any type of content supported on Telegram, such as documents, MP3s, videos, stickers, animations and contacts; support for location-based services; and the ability to deeply integrate with other services based on users’ phone numbers. It’s also adding inline keyboards that can be structured to mesh with a particular bot’s messages — so users can tap on pre-determined buttons to respond to the bot, rather than needing to type out specific instructions. Telegram has built four sample bots to show off the new features: @music, a bot for searching for and sharing classical music; @youtube, a bot for searching and sharing YouTube videos; @foursquare, a bot for finding nearby restaurants and places to share addresses with friends; and @sticker, a bot for finding stickers using — you guessed it — emoji as the start point for a sticker search.
06.04.16. WhatsApp now supports full end-to-end encryption. Facebook owned messenger WhatsApp has now fully implemented strong end-to-end encryption on its platform and across all mobile platforms for which it offers apps. End-to-end encryption means the content of communications are not stored in plaintext on WhatsApp’s servers. Nor is the company able to decrypt users’ messages to access them since it does not hold the encryption keys. So WhatsApp will be unable to be compelled to hand over messaging data — even if served with a warrant by authorities demanding access. WhatsApp partnered with Open Whisper Systems and has integrated its widely respected end-to-end encryption Signal Protocol. Although the completion of default end-to-end encryption is a hugely important security milestone for the WhatsApp platform, it does not mean that from here on in every communication sent via the app is end-to-end encrypted, because that’s reliant on all users being upgraded to the latest version of the software.
18.01.16. WhatsApp will go free and add features for business. Whatsapp has announced it will drop its subscription fee, making the service free for everyone. And it won't start showing third-party ads to users. Instead, it will add features to better connect users with business and organizations. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. Whatsapp wants to charge organizations and business for establishing channels with their users through the service Whatsapp, which has been acquired by Facebook for $16 billion in Feb. 2014, currently has "nearly" 1 billion users, according to the post. Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said on several occasions he expects the service to hit that milestone, at which point it would become ripe for monetization.
24.09.15. Telegram launched public chats - Channels. Secure messenger Telegram added new feature, that will be usefull for business - Channels. It's a new tool for broadcasting your messages to large audiences. Channels replace the old Broadcast lists and are better in every way. They can have an unlimited number of members, they can be public with a permanent URL and each post in a channel has its own view counter. Views from forwarded copies of your messages will be included in the total count. Last but not least, new members can see the entire message history in a channel once they join — all the way to day one. Channels are available in Telegram's iOS and Android apps.
26.08.15. WhatsApp web client adds iOS support. WhatsApp has added iOS to the platforms supported by its web app. This means that iPhone users can now sync their accounts and chats to WhatsApp Web. When WhatsApp Web launched in January, it supported Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry but did not include iOS “due to Apple platform limitations,” said the messaging service, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $19 billion. WhatsApp claimed it hit 800 million monthly active users in April, but it lags behind competitors like WeChat and KakaoTalk in core Asian markets such as China and South Korea. Another rival is Line, which is currently the top messaging service in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.
25.06.15. Telegram now lets developers create smart chat-bots . Popular messenger Telegram has launched a new Bot platform that allows third-party developers to create Bots which are simply Telegram accounts operated by software sporting AI-like features. Examples of this might be an image bot integrated with the Bing Image search API or support bot that can resolve your issue step-by-step. Bots can even provide custom keyboards, so users will not have to type anything. New Bot developers only needed a few hours to build these bots. They just generate a key with @BotFather and use a simple https API to control the bot. Telegram Bots can also go viral. Any forwarded message contains a link to its original sender. This means any message from your bot forwarded to a person or group is a messaging equivalent of a retweet – thus making bots inherently viral. All bots have an Add To Group and a Share button as well.
22.01.15. WhatsApp launches web browser version. The popular international mobile messaging app WhatsApp has unveiled a web browser-based version of its service. For now the web application is only compatible with WhatsApp user accounts from Android, Windows and weirdly enough, Blackberry. For now iPhone owners won’t have access to WhatsApp’s desktop client. Furthermore, WhatsApp’s desktop web browser version only works on Google Chrome. Fortunately for the company, the app’s audience is largely international, and Android dominates the international market by far.
12.12.14. Telegram messenger is attracting business teams. Messaging app Telegram, that makes a great play of its secure, encrypted platform, is going after a more business-focused, demanding niche than its competitor WhatsApp. Creator, Pavel Durov, says that there are more and more small teams switching their collaboration from e-mail to Telegram. Telegram can basically solve some of the same tasks but is more secure and several times faster. Durov says a potential key to Telegram’s rising popularity is that users like the ability to sync their Telegram mobile messages with Telegram’s desktop and tablet apps. This is something they can’t do on Whatsapp, which has a largely consumer base in emerging markets. Thus more key tasks, such as for business like sharing documents and files, are easier on Telegram. Telegram now claims to have over 50 million monthly active users, sending 1 billion messages daily.