Telegram now lets anyone use its voice-to-text transcription feature

There is one important caveat: only Premium Telegram subscribers have unlimited access to transcriptions — free users will be limited to converting just two messages per week. Still, that’s better than nothing, and could prove useful in rare situations where you need to keep your hands free. Telegram says the transcription feature is rolling out gradually, and may not be available everywhere immediately.

When you join a new channel, Telegram will now show you other public channels that may pique your interest. Image: Telegram

Telegram is also introducing Similar Channels, which provides a list of other public channels that may be of interest when users join a new channel. These suggested channels are automatically recommended based on similarities in their subscriber bases, which may make it easier to find like-minded folks to chat with. Other new features in the latest update include the ability to boost the audience of your loved ones or favorite channels by reposting their stories to your own page, adding new content like text, audio, or video messages to those reposted stories, and a performance statistics view that displays story views, shares, and reactions for channels that can post stories.

A few cosmetic adjustments have also been made. Telegram Premium users can now set wallpapers on individual chats that will be displayed for both themselves and their chat partner, for example. Premium users can also make their profile page pop by customizing it with a unique color/logo combination. Finally, a fun new animation has been added for iOS users that vaporizes messages that have been set to auto-delete after a time limit has passed, creating a pixel explosion that Thanos himself would be amused by.

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