The latest update for the Signal app is rolling out iOS (version 5.3.1) and Android (5.3.7) with several new features that bring the messaging platform more in line with other popular apps, such as chat wallpapers.
Along with chat wallpapers, the new Signal update adds animated stickers, an ‘About’ section and it makes the iOS app handle data more efficiently. Signal first announced the new features on January 11th, and Android Police reported they rolled out to the beta version of Signal for Android last week.
Regarding the iOS version of Signal, it includes new options for setting lower data usage during calls. There’s also an option to automatically paused attachment downloads during calls, improved image compression and more. The Verge points out that this brings the iOS version of Signal closer to feature parity with the Android version.
The movement was further fueled by a recommendation from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who simply tweeted “Use Signal.”
Signal has long offered a privacy-first approach to chat and developed the Signal Protocol used by several messaging platforms — including WhatsApp — to provide end-to-end encryption. These new features may help WhatsApp users jumping to Signal feel more at home and, hopefully, keep them using Signal.
Source: The Verge