Bettergram’s Mac build was launched just this week, joining the PC build of the third-party desktop client. It will soon be accompanied by mobile editions. Bettergram is a version of the messaging platform Telegram which is designed specifically for the cryptocurrency community, boasts several modifications to Telegram such as a built-in cryptocurrency price checker.
Telegram has served as the preferred hangout of the crypto community for the past year through which the bulk of the ICO and trading groups flow. Telegram is also a pivotal part of the cryptocurrency landscape which, for all its flaws including frequent downtime, the inability to temporarily disable noisy groups, and limited customization, is still the best platform for group conversations. To date, these have failed to match Telegram’s all-around versatility and network effect while there are alternative platforms.
Bettergram is a fork of the Telegram client that retains the desktop client’s functionality while at the same time overcoming some of the complaints users have with Telegram as it responded slowly to their requests for new features. For some time, users have been expressing the desire to pin more chats which Telegram currently caps at five. Bettergram now allows users to pin up to 50 chats and four tabs to help filter conversations into DMs, announcements, groups, and favorites. Meanwhile, images uploaded by users will be displayed in-line rather than as a file as Telegram for desktop does.
Bettergram’s most useful feature, however, is its ability to view the current prices for the top 10 cryptocurrencies which can be accessed by clicking on the emoji button on the bottom right of a chat to reveal four tabs: GIFs, emoji, prices, stickers, and prices. While the data is not customizable and is limited in scope, the data it gets from Live Coin Watch is fine for providing a quick snapshot of the market.
The software’s source code can be inspected and independently audited as it is an open source project. However, users must always be wary when installing third party software especially if they use the same desktop device to store cryptocurrency wallets and other sensitive data. Some users prefer to keep their cryptocurrencies on an airgapped or separate device not used for social networking as a precautionary measure.
Betttergram’s Mac client, unlike most desktop software like Chrome and Station, does not make excessive demands on a PC’s RAM or CPU—this makes it a viable alternative for heavy Telegram users who want more customization and require the ability to check prices on the go.