Telegram now offers direct download for Android with “fewer restrictions”

Telegram now offers direct download for Android with “fewer restrictions”

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  • Telegram now offers a direct download option for its independent app from the Google Play Store.
  • The company says its version will have “fewer restrictions” and “automatic updates.”

Messaging platform Telegram now offers a version of its application that can be directly downloaded from its website. This way you skip the Google Play Store and download Telegram as APK on your Android phone.

What’s the advantage? Well, Telegram says its version of the app has “fewer restrictions” than the one offered on the Google Play Store. Direct download also receives “automatic updates” depending on the company.

Telegram did not specify what this means with fewer restrictions. However, some Reddit users think Google is blocking access to certain channels on Telegram that it thinks you shouldn’t access. A same user posted some screenshots of channels that have been blocked on Telegram.

A warning on the Restricted Channels page reads as follows:

Unfortunately, this channel cannot be viewed on Telegram apps downloaded from the Google Play Store.

While some Redditors point out that the blocked channels belong to radical hate groups that definitely justify the restrictions, others believe that blocking should be Telegram’s prerogative, not Google’s.

That said, Telegram prides itself on its privacy features, and adding censorship to the mix could cause it to lose its growing popularity.

There may also be other restrictions on the Play Store version of Telegram, but we don’t know what that is. Have you noticed any access issues on the Telegram app downloaded from the Play Store? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

As for automatic updates, if it works like Telegram’s beta, a pop-up should appear in the app once an update is available.

In the meantime, you can head to this page for step-by-step instructions on how to download Telegram APK directly to your Android phone.

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