Ever since Apple launched the App Store, developers big and small have found themselves caught up in the company’s approval process and seen their apps delayed or removed altogether. Popular messaging app Telegram is just the latest, according to company CEO Pavel Durov. August 10, Durov posted a message on his Telegram channel saying that the latest app update had been stuck in Apple’s review process for two weeks without the company really saying why it had been stuck.
As rated by The edge, the update was finally freed yesterday, and again Durov taken from Telegram to discuss what happened. The CEO said Apple told Telegram it should remove a new feature called Telemoji, which Durov described as “higher quality animated vector versions of standard emoji.” He included a preview of what they would look like in his post – they’re similar to the basic emoji set used by Apple, but with some pretty delightful animations that could definitely help make messaging a bit more expressive.
“This is a baffling move on Apple’s part, as Telemoji would have brought a whole new dimension to their low-res static emoji and greatly enriched their ecosystem,” Durov wrote in his post. It’s unclear exactly how this feature would enrich Apple’s overall ecosystem, but it still seems pretty confusing for Apple to catch up to, especially since Telegram already has a slew of emoji and emoji options. stickers that go far beyond the default set found. in iOS. Indeed, Durov noted that there were over 10 new emoji packs in Telegram’s latest update, and said the company would take the time to make Telemoji “even more unique and recognizable.”
However, there are still a lot of emoji-related improvements in the latest Telegram update. The company says it’s launching an “open emoji platform” where anyone can upload their own set of emoji that people who pay Telegram premium service can use. If you’re not a premium user, you’ll still be able to see custom emoji and test using them in “saved messages” like reminders and in-app notes. Custom emoji can also be interactive – if you tap on it, you’ll get a full-screen animated reaction.
To make it all easier to access, the sticker, GIF, and emoji panel has been redesigned, with tabs for each of these reaction categories. This allows the iOS keyboard to match the Android app as well as the web version of Telegram. There are also new privacy settings that let you control who can send you video and voice messages: everyone, contacts, or no one. Telegram notes that, like its other privacy settings, you can set “exceptions” so that specific groups or people can “always” or “never” send you voice or video messages. The new update – without Telemoji – is available now.
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