The feature was made available one day after Pavel Durov, the CEO and founder of Telegram, stated that an update had been undergoing the app review process at Apple for two weeks.
According to Durov, the most recent update includes a large number of features that are related to emoji. Nevertheless, one is absent due to the fact that the tech giant expressly requested that it be removed.
“After extensive media coverage of my previous post, Apple got back to us with a demand to water down our pending Telegram update by removing Telemoji — higher quality vector-animated versions of the standard emoji,” the CEO and founder of Telegram wrote on his Telegram channel. “After extensive media coverage of my previous post, Apple got back to us with a demand to water down our pending Telegram update by removing Telemoji.”
According to Durov, this decision on Apple’s part is perplexing because the addition of Telemoji would have significantly enriched their ecosystem and added an entirely new dimension to the static low-resolution emoji that Apple currently uses.
“However, in the long run, this will be beneficial for Telegram because we will now be able to make Telemoji even more distinctive and easily recognizable. Additionally, in today’s update, we have included ten additional emoji packs, as well as the capability for any user to upload their own emoji, and we have also made some bug fixes “Durov said.
According to him, the task of ensuring that hundreds of vector-based emoji with smooth animations could play simultaneously on the screen of any mobile phone was an interesting engineering challenge.
Telegram asserts that it is the very first company to ever incorporate this feature into a mobile application.
Within the next few weeks, users will be able to respond to a message with any custom emoji and display an emoji as their current status next to their name. Additionally, users will be able to display an emoji in the space next to their name.
The company also mentions that the new update will initially be made available only to subscribers of the company’s Premium service.