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The developers of Telegram have made a present for GIF-lovers by significantly improving the given functionality. In this article, we want to provide information on the ways of sending Telegram GIFs and advanced features which are available when working with such files.
Relatively heavy weight of a GIF-animation is a real problem for mobile application users. In addition to wasted Internet-traffic, load increase on the mobile device operating system when downloading and sending GIF-files is taking place which is also regarded as a considerable disadvantage.
Due to the latest innovations in Telegram, the users can send GIFs twenty times faster, thus considerably reducing traffic and decreasing the load on the hardware. Such progress was achieved by means of animated image re-encoding to MPEG-4 files. The given process is carried out without user intervention due to its complete automation. After such modification, the GIF-animation weight decreases practically several times, although a format change does not affect image quality one way or another.
As supplementary to re-encoding, Telegram work with GIFs has become more optimized. In older versions, you had to launch GIF-animations manually, and now they play automatically (although you can still enable the manual mode in Settings). Besides, you have a possibility of viewing several GIFs on one screen which is rather handy for 5-inch and higher devices.
New functionality allowed to significantly simplify the process of sending GIFs. There is a dedicated GIF tab on the sticker panel where all your downloaded and viewed animations are stored. In order to add a GIF-file to the panel, you need to follow these instructions:
After doing this, you will be able to send saved GIFs to your friends with single-click ease. In other words, sending GIFs is not any harder than sending emoji.
It is necessary to put a special focus on the appearance of so called inline bots which make the work with Telegram easier for an ordinary person. In particular, in order to make a request to the bot responsible for GIF-animations, you need to type his name (@gif) in any chat and then indicate the category you are interested in (for example, “cat”). After processing your request, the @gif bot will offer you the most popular variants with the category you indicated. When you will select some particular GIF-image, you can immediately send it to your conversation partner. By doing so, you automatically save it on the sticker panel.
Other peculiarities of working with GIFs:
Telegram allows both using other users’ GIFs and also creating your own ones. Besides, an animated image creation algorithm is very simple:
There also exist lots of bots for creating GIFs. For example, the Gifs.com Bot allows getting an animated image from a video file found on practically any service, including Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, etc. In such a way, the users’ possibilities are actually unlimited which allows making the communication process more interesting and creative.