Signal adds mainstream chat features to attract a wider audience

The latest version of Signal for iOS (5.3.1) and Android (5.3.7) brings a number of new additions to the encrypted messaging app that is becoming increasingly popular. These include popular features such as chat wallpapers, animated stickers, and an “about” section on your profile. The iOS app now handles data more efficiently, bringing it closer to parity of features with the Android app.

Messaging apps like Signal and Telegram have experienced a An increase in growth In recent weeks. Signal was backed by a recommendation from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, while both took advantage of backlash over Facebook’s confusing new WhatsApp privacy policy.

New features were announced for the first time On January 11thAnd and Android Police I reported being rolled out in Signal beta for Android Last week Friday. With chat wallpapers, you can choose from a number of presets or select a picture of your own, and you can also set a wallpaper for a specific conversation or all of them. The trial version contains 24 animated stickers, according to Android Police.

Meanwhile, the iOS app is more efficient with data. IPhone users will see a new setting to reduce data usage during calls, an option to automatically stop attachment downloads during calls, and improved image compression among other improvements.

Signal has always been a popular messaging option for those who focus on the security of their communications – the European Commission has asked employees to switch to Signal In February 2020For example – Signal is still focused on launching new security-focused features, like Encrypted group video calls. But more consumer-focused features like wallpapers and stickers can make Signal more accessible for users coming into the app from WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, and ideally, keep them on Signal for the long term.

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