Telegram is definitely increasing in popularity in recent days, especially with many root/ROM projects switching to the platform for releases. It’s also pretty convenient for those that migrate between phones frequently (like we tech blaggers) since it doesn’t lock you to a specific device like WhatsApp does.

So far, it seems this update isn’t big enough to merit one of Telegram’s blog posts — usually filled with the company’s stylistically recognizable illustrations — but it isn’t exactly “small,” either:

WHAT’S NEW
New in version 5.13:

• Create themes with color gradients and patterns.
• Schedule messages to be sent when your recipient comes online.
• Choose venues more easily when sharing your location.
• Switch to Night Mode and back directly from the left menu.
• Get dark maps in Night Mode.
• Choose video quality in a more intuitive way when sending videos.
• Try dragging down in user profiles or jumping between messages in a chat to see new animations.
• Discover 31 other bug fixes and improvements.

Left: New Night Mode toggle in the top right of the navigation menu. Right: Schedule messages now lets you target when a person comes online (via 3-dot menu behind the visible option). 

Among the headlining changes in this version is a tweak to the scheduled messages feature that rolled out earlier this year. The new enhancement allows you to schedule messages to arrive when they come online rather than just a set time. Support for color gradients and patterns will also come in handy for those that build themes for themselves or others, and a handful of interface improvements like a better video quality chooser and a left menu Night Mode toggle should also improve usability. When in Night Mode, in-app maps will also get a dark look, and choosing a precise location when sharing location should also be a bit easier.

The v5.13 update should be rolling out via the Play Store, but you can also pull it down thanks to those fine, humble, and incredibly attractive folks at APK Mirror (Hint: it’s us).

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger