WhatsApp is Copying Telegram Features

WhatsApp is Copying Telegram Features

Alberto Casas

My friends often tell me about "new" WhatsApp features that I have been enjoying on Telegram for a long time. In this post, I'll try to maintain an up-to-date list of such features.

2013

Read status for messages

Telegram: 2013, WhatsApp: 2014

End-to-end Encryption Support

Telegram: 2013, WhatsApp: 2016

Large group chats

Telegram: 200 members in 2013, 200,000 members in 2019; WhatsApp: 256 since 2016.

Send documents of any type

Telegram: 2013, WhatsApp: 2017

Send larg(ish) files

Telegram: up to 1,5GB in 2013, WhatsApp: increased 16MB to 100 MB in 2017

"Forwarded" labels

Telegram: 2013, WhatsApp: 2019

Free service

Telegram: 2013, WhatsApp: 2016


2014

Web client

Telegram: stand-alone app in 2014, WhatsApp: phone-dependent app in 2015

Desktop app

Telegram: standalone app in 2014, WhatsApp: a wrapper for the web client in 2016

Telegram: 2014, WhatsApp: 2017


2015

Replies in chats

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2016

@-Mentions in groups

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: Sep 2016

Telegram: Apr 2015, WhatsApp: Sep 2016

Extended admin permissions

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2018

Telegram: Apr 2015, WhatsApp: Nov 2015

Group descriptions

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2018

Text formatting

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2016

Quick-share buttons

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2016

2-Step Verification

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2017

Stickers

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2018

Photo editor

Telegram: 2015, WhatsApp: 2016


2016

Channels

Telegram: 2016, WhatsApp: 2018

Mention Counter

Telegram: 2016 WhatsApp: 2018


2017

Unsend messages

Telegram: Jan 2017, WhatsApp: Oct 2017