The encrypted instant messaging app, Signal, rolled out a big update for its iOS users today, just days after adding some important features via another update. The new update, Signal version 5.3, adds new features that many users were asking for and brings the platform closer to Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which seems to have fallen out of favor with users in recent weeks. Signal and rival Telegram have gone viral since WhatsApp updated its terms and conditions on January 6, informing users that it will share data from business interactions with Facebook and its partner companies.
Here’s what the new update brings
According to the change log for the new iOS update, the Signal update will add some important features to the platform.
- Less data usage for calls made via Signal
- Pause and resume attachment downloads
- Improved algorithms for compression and image quality
- Signal chats will appear on iOS’s suggested sharing sheet when sharing from other apps
- Chat backgrounds, which allow users to set their own custom chat backgrounds
- Sender names in group chats and chat lists
- Expanded “Information” sections for user profiles
This is the complete change log for the latest version of Signal. The update has only arrived for iPhones right now, but it should arrive on Android devices pretty soon. The company is much smaller than WhatsApp at the moment and has struggled to keep up with the sudden influx of users to the platform since January 6.
How popular is Signal in India
The encrypted messenger went viral since the WhatsApp update, increasing its downloads by nearly 10,000% in the next week or so. According to reports, Signal has over 20 million downloads in India in the short term since WhatsApp’s new terms of service were announced. Rival Telegram has also increased its download base, although it’s unclear how many users are actually actively using these apps.
WhatsApp, for its part, has suspended the update and delayed it until May. The company also received a letter from the Indian government calling for the letter’s update to be withdrawn, although WhatsApp said users have been misled on this matter.
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