image credit: Shutter StockEditor's note: Yesterday, WhatsApp launched its most anticipated web-based chat client. The following post was written in November, 2014, exactly two months ago, predicting the move by Whatsapp.
A great thing about building Telegram is that you can force bigger apps to improve their products. And also predict their actions.
Since we launched Telegram, WhatsApp raised the maximum size of videos and group chats several times. They still didn’t catch up with us, but the progress, started exactly two weeks after Telegram was born, is evident. Following our path, WhatsApp recently introduced message Read Status, and today their first attempt to enable end-to-end encryption for Android texts.
The day we launched Telegram last year, Jan Koum shared a snarky remark with a Russian magazine: “Pavel Durov only knows how to copy great products like Facebook and Whatsapp, he never had and will never have original ideas”. I didn’t comment on it then, and am not going to do it today. Instead, I’ll have a look at Telegram and tell you guys what features WhatsApp users will enjoy within a year or so:
So what’s next? Within a few hours we are updating our iPhone and Android apps with some more features WhatsApp users might enjoy next year. If you still use WhatsApp and don’t want to wait, jump on board. This will be fun.
About the author:
Pavel Durov, CEO, Telegram
(The post has been reblogged with permission from Pavel Durov)
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