Signal vs Telegram
Last updated: March 25, 2019
Privacy is possible, Signal makes it easy. Send high-quality group, text, picture, and video messages, all without SMS and MMS fees.
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.
Signal vs Telegram in our news:
2019 - Telegram now allows to kill chat history
Telegram has added a feature that lets a user delete messages in one-to-one and/or group private chats, after the fact, and not only from their own inbox. The feature allows a user to selectively delete their own messages and/or messages sent by any/all others in the chat. To delete a message from both ends a user taps on the message, selects ‘delete’ and then they’re offered a choice of ‘delete for [the name of the other person in the chat or for ‘everyone’] or ‘delete for me’. Selecting the former deletes the message everywhere, while the later just removes it from your own inbox.
2018 - Telegram’s new widget lets businesses connect with users to keep up with Facebook Messenger
Messaging app Telegram rolled out a web login widget. The new feature will allow website owners (business owners) to connect with Telegram users right from their site using a Telegram bot. Matching the bot with a web plugin creates a system that could allow businesses to send reminders, confirmation of sales, updates and more information direct to customers via chats. Recall, that Facebook last year launched a plug-in that lets businesses connect with users via Messenger, while it is also developing business-focused apps to let companies tap into its 1.5 billion monthly userbase with payments set to arrive soon, too. So we may assume that Telegram is now more business-friendly than Facebook Messenger
2017 - Encrypted messenger Signal adds voice and video calling
A new beta version of Signal, the encrypted chat application, has enabled voice and video calling. According to the app’s changelog, beta users are able to try the new feature with others who also have the setting enabled. Though aimed at the privacy-minded, Signal competes more broadly with apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Google Duo, all of which support video calling. These features are now considered table stakes for those entering the messaging app space with their own alternative clients. Signal may be catching up with the rest of the market, in terms of feature set, but the app struggles with adoption because it lacks the network effects of other, more social apps. This, of course, is by design. Because of its security and privacy focus, Signal doesn’t pull in your contacts from other social networks, upload your address book, or offer fun tools like Snapchat’s Snapcodes to make adding new friends easier.
2017 - 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.
2016 - Telegram released Bot Platform 2.0 - a new advantage over Wickr
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.
2015 - 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.
2015 - 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.
2014 - Telegram messenger is attracting business teams. Beware Kik
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.