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Telegram, an instant messaging application (safe to say they are a whatsapp competitor), have in the spirit of yuletide, released certain updates that is likely to make users more engaged with the platform, and enlist more users.

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According to a post on their blog, they informed (potential) users that, “To reinforce the festive mood, we‘re updating Telegram for the second time this December, adding features you’ve been asking for.”

“With version 4.7 for iOS, you can change what your Telegram looks like in the new Appearance settings. Choose between four different themes, including a minimalistic one (“Day”) and two dark themes (“Night” and “Night Blue”). The “Day” theme also allows you to pick an accent color for the entire app, like pink or purple.”

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“The Android app already supported multiple themes , so it had to go further with 4.7 by supporting multiple accounts. You can add up to three accounts with different phone numbers to your Telegram app, and then quickly switch between them from the side menu. Notifications will keep coming from all accounts, unless you change this in the Notification settings.”

They went further on to say that Telegram now supports quick replies on both mobile platforms. To use them, just swipe left on any message in a chat. Telegram 4.6 , released earlier this month, introduced new granular settings for auto-downloading media, better link previews, albums in Secret Chats, improved security, and embeds for messages from public groups and channels.

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Well, it might seem to be a very great innovation but then, much people might not need the multiple account feature, if user behavior is put in consideration. We do hope to see more of these innovations from Telegram and even Whatsapp.