Here's a sneak peek at some new Signal features that will start rolling out in a few days:
• Chat wallpapers!
• About field for your Signal profile
• Animated stickers
• For iOS: Media auto-download settings and full-screen profile photos (to match Android)
Good morning 🇮🇳! pic.twitter.com/KEAbhMswRI
— Signal (@signalapp) January 12, 2021
The updated features will allow users to add custom wallpapers for chats and choose between existing ‘solid colour’ wallpaper options as well. Signal users can also write additional details in the ‘About’ section in their profile, just like in WhatsApp
The California-based app also introduced ‘low data mode’ in its app, which allows lower data usage during calls. Group calls can now support up to 8 participants. Just like in WhatsApp, group invite links can be shared for users to join a group.
We just raised the group call limit from 5 to 8, so now you can call it even.
— Signal (@signalapp) January 11, 2021
Other cool features include animated stickers and media auto-download settings.
In Signal 5.3.1 beta for Android carries the new chat wallpaper feature. It can be accessed by going to Settings > Appearance > Chat wallpaper. There are 21 pre-set wallpapers to choose from, though users can also add their own images as chat wallpapers on the app. An option to set a dark theme to dim the chat wallpaper is also available.
WhatsApp has had chat wallpapers for quite some time now. It also added custom wallpapers for chats in December.
The latest Signal beta also carries the custom ‘About’ option, which allows users to tell their contacts about their status. It is available in the Profile option in the settings menu on the Signal app. WhatsApp has a similar ‘About’ option.
Signal has also added support for animated stickers in the latest update, with a “Day by Day” as the first official animated sticker pack. The Signal desktop app also allows users to create new animated stickers and share them directly with their friends.
Signal is also bringing a low-data mode for calls, which is already available on WhatsApp. The app is could also let users look at their chats on the iOS share sheet — something that WhatsApp brought last year for iPhone users.
Earlier this week, Signal brought the ability to let users choose when their media files should be automatically downloaded. The app also recently changed the limit on group calls from five participants to eight.
A lot of people have been asking how to move their group chats from other apps to Signal, and Signal group links are a great way to get started. Drop a group link into your former chat app of choice like you're dropping the mic on the way out. pic.twitter.com/q49DeZufBG
— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
Signal is also said to have implemented the option to let users create a shareable group invite link. This also works similar to how you can invite people to your groups on WhatsApp.
Apart from this, Signal also shared some information describing the new data management options that the company has added to the app. Unlike WhatsApp, messaging app Signal does not share the data of its users. The latest iOS 14 privacy feature has made it easy for users to know about how the apps share their data.
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