As expected, in the stable version of Telegram for iOS and Android, geo-chat appeared, allowing you to search for interlocutors nearby. For communication, you do not need to share your contact or phone number.
To start geo-chat, go to “Contacts”, select the “Find People Nearby” section and set the geolocation radius of action: minimum – 100 meters, maximum – 6 kilometers. The number of participants in this chat is not limited.
Geo-chat can be open (accessible for entry, viewing and communication to anyone) or private (strictly by invitation). You can also assign an address to quickly follow the link. After entering such a chat, you can see a list of people who are already participating in it. The privacy settings in the conversation are exactly the same as in personal dialogs: you can prevent the user from viewing your profile photo, as well as go to your account by name in the forwarded messages.
Other changes to Telegram version 5.8:
- Now you can add any users to your contacts, even if their phone numbers are not known to you
- Now you can transfer ownership of group chats and channels by granting full rights to another administrator
- The ability to turn off message previews for specific chats, and use the Search and Delete All tools in Notification Exceptions