Telegram launches its secure Payments 2.0 along with two new web versions in its latest update. With the new Bot API v.5.2, this would help in extending the feature to any chat, including Groups and Channels too.

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Telegram had introduced the payment support back in 2017. It allowed the merchants to accept credit card payments in any private chats with users, Groups and Channels through 8 different integrated third-party payment providers. This includes Stripe, Yandex Money, Sberbank, Tranzzo, Payme, CLICK, LiqPay, ECOMMPAY. This payment feature is currently available in 200 different countries, and India is one of them. Now, Telegram says that they are planning to extend it even further.

Merchants who are interested in this feature needs to create a basic bot that provides Goods and Services to the users. Merchant bots can send specially formatted invoice messages to users, groups or channels. Buyers can also add a tip amount if they are happy with the merchant. Payments can now be made from any app – including desktop apps.

Telegram would take no commission, and would also not store any payment information. Credit card information is sent directly to the payment provider and shipping information is shared with the merchant so they can send you your goods. Merchants can directly start using the payments API as they don’t need any prior approvals from Telegram. Developers interested in integrating payments can find all the details in the Payments Manual.

Along with this, there are also improvements made to the Voice Chat feature. Now admins can easily schedule a Voice Chat for a particular date and time in any Channels or Telegram Groups. This also gives the community members and other speakers to prepare in advance. Users will see a colourful countdown at the top of the chat. Users who are unable to see the countdown can opt to receive a notification when the voice chat starts. Mini profiles help to quickly change the picture and bio without leaving the voice chat window. It helps to identify the basic profile of the person you are chatting with during the Voice Chat session.

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