The latest beta version of the messenger app Telegram includes some paid premium features such as emojis and stickers.
Telegram: New beta indicates paid premium content
It seems that the operators of the “Telegram” messaging app are thinking about other financing models. The latest beta version of the app offers exclusive emojis and stickers, which should only be available for a fee, as reported by Android Police.
Telegram operators want to make money
There is no question that the Telegram operators also earn money with their successful app. To this end, some steps have already been taken over the past year to monetize the platform through ad sales and additional features tailored to the largest group channels.
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Now the developers are probably going a step further and normal users should also be asked to pay for extended functions.
Android Police, for example, states that while testing the new beta version 8.7.2, they came across a series of emojis and stickers that are exclusively provided for Telegram Premium users. If you want to use them, you will be asked to register – these stickers and emojis remain blocked for free users. It even goes so far that you can only see the premium stickers and emojis even if you are a premium user yourself. It remains to be seen whether this will also be the case in the final version.
Pricing and content still unclear
The rumors about expanded avatar personalization that have surfaced have been taken for the time being. These features are not found in the new beta and could be a feature of future premium features.
Otherwise, not much is known about “Telegram Premium” itself. How much the service will cost and what other benefits Premium will offer is still unclear.
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