Mother there is only one, but Telegrams there are many. There were already several versions of Telegram a long time ago, and this year the application decided to duplicate itself even more. If you are lost with so many Telegrams, here is a summary of all versions of Telegram available.
Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is based on the cloud so you can access your chat from any device, at the same time and without having to keep the mobile on. This, together with other factors, has multiplied the versions of Telegram. Let’s see which ones are available today.
It is the standard version of official, that is, the one normally installed by the vast majority of people. Although it does not receive the latest functions as fast as in the beta, the truth is that the development of Telegram is quite fast, even in its official version.
As such, you can download it from the official Android application store, Google Play, and the Apple App Store. Until now this was the normal way to get Telegram on mobile, but that changed in April, with the new direct version, from the web.
Telegram in APK for Android
On Android, Telegram has an additional version of its official client. Its name is the same, although its icon on the mobile looks slightly different and can be installed separately from the Google Play client. Basically it is Telegram, but without going through Google Play.
This APK version of Telegram is updated by itself and is not subject to the restrictions that Google applies to the applications published in its store. For example, there are channels that can be accessed in this version and not on Google Play.
Telegram Beta is a more advanced version of Telegram, with novelties that you can try before they reach the whole world. In return, the app can be somewhat more unstable or have half-cooked features, such as group video calls.
Interestingly, Telegram does not use the Android beta program, instead the beta version is installed from its APK. On iOS you have no choice but to use Testflight, as there are not many other alternatives.
Telegram was born as an experimental Telegram client under the name Challegram. Later it was renamed Telegram X and since then it is a official and alternative client of Telegram. It does the same as the official app, but in a slightly different way.
Telegram X presented itself as a client for experiment with usability, speed, animations and other aspects, for Android and iOS. On Android, it is still available, but on iOS Telegram X no longer exists as it replaced the official client.
How could it be otherwise, Telegram has a desktop version. That is, a native application that you can use on PC to access all your chats. Unlike WhatsApp for PC, it is independent: you do not need to keep your mobile on and connected to the Internet.
Telegram Desktop is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and it tends to be quite even in functions to the mobile versions. The interface adapts perfectly to larger PC screens and the app works quite smoothly.
Telegram Lite for macOS
For some reason, Telegram decided to duplicate its version for macOS. We have on the one hand Telegram Desktop for macOS and on the other Telegram Lite for macOS, which in theory should be lighter than the standard version.
In practice, it does not seem that there are too many differences between the two Telegram for Mac, at least for the user. Both versions seem to update with the same news almost at the same time, and there is not much difference in the size they occupy either.
Finally, for those who do not want to install anything, we have Telegram web. It is a web page where, after logging in with your Telegram account, you can chat with your account without installing anything on that device.
Telegram Web has been with us for a long time, although it had become a bit outdated. As if that were not enough, in April it launched two new versions of Telegram Web: Telegram WebK and WebZ, much more modern than the previous version. There are therefore three versions of Telegram web today.