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Telegram adds spoiler formatting for media, new drawing tools, and profile pictures for contacts

The folks over at Telegram are seeing off 2022 with another one of their sizable feature dumps. The latest update adds a bunch of new features, including spoiler formatting for media, new drawing tools, zero storage usage, and more.

In addition to being able to add spoiler formatting for text, Telegram now also allows you to add spoiler formatting for images and videos. This appears as a bright layer with a blur on top of the media, hiding the content unless the user touches it.

New storage management features let you configure separate auto-delete settings for private chat, group, and channel cached media, with exceptions for specific chats. Pie charts show you what is taking up space and the time to load the pie chart has been significantly reduced on iOS.

The app now also includes updated drawing tools, with a new blur tool and 5 high-precision color tools, including a new eyedropper tool. Drawing tools automatically change width based on drawing speed and automatically smooth lines. Text size, font, and background can be changed when adding photos or videos, and custom animated emoji are available even for non-Telegram Premium users.

You can also now set a custom profile picture for your contacts, which will be displayed just for you. The image can also be suggested to your contact, so they can set it for themselves with two taps. You can also have a public profile picture for your account, which can be separate from the one you have for your contacts.

Group admins can now hide members in groups with more than 100 members. This way, your presence in the group won’t be visible to anyone other than the admin unless you post.

The remaining changes include new Android progress animations when jumping to specific points in chat, 10 new animated emoji packs for Premium users, and more interactive emoji, including 🎅🎄☃️💅🗿🆒🤪.

The update is now available on Android and iOS.

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