Signal has provided its beta version with 8 new features that should make it even easier to switch from WhatsApp. These are all 8 new features in Signal.
Now that Signal has gained so many new users, it’s important to keep them too. The messaging service is now rapidly developing new functions that look suspiciously like functions already in WhatsApp. It has been a long time since Signal has been released but sadly the developers did very little to make the app better. It is good that they are adding things now but they missed a big opportunity already as many of those users who moved away from WhatsApp went to Telegram which is a well-developed app compared to Signal. Below is an overview of the 8 new features that Signal offers in its beta app.
Signal has added functionality to add wallpapers to chats. Just like with WhatsApp, you can choose a solid color or a wallpaper and also set different wallpapers for different conversations. Signal also allows you to blur or dim the wallpaper.
You can now tell something about yourself on your profile at ‘About’. Just like with WhatsApp, your contacts can see this. You can also choose from several Signal options.
Animated stickers that WhatsApp took the time to implement are now also in Signal. Day by Day is the first official sticker pack. Signal also offers the ability to create animated stickers from the Signal desktop app, which you can share with your friends.
WhatsApp has enabled support for animated stickers for the past year, and the ability to import third-party animated stickers is coming in the coming weeks.
Use less data for calls
WhatsApp gives its users the option to use less data for calls. This is useful if you are stuck with a limit or do not have a large data bundle. Signal’s new update also claims that calls now consume fewer data. It also means that you will have clear call quality even on poor connections.
You can easily share something with your WhatsApp contacts in the share menu in Android via the suggestions at the top. Signal now also comes with these suggestions, but for now only for iOS users.
WhatsApp offers the option to choose whether media files should be automatically downloaded using any network or just WiFi. This feature is also available in Signal this week.
Signal already offered video calling, but they were limited to five participants. Signal has changed the limit to eight participants, just like WhatsApp.
Signal now has the option to create a shareable link to easily invite other Signal users to your groups.
This is a really good update so far but one thing which WhatsApp users love is still missing. That is status. Many of my friends who moved from WhatsApp to Telegram and Signal complains about the apps not having the feature to post status updates.
You can also try these new features thanks to Signal’s beta program. Signal uses the beta program in the Google Play Store. This also allows the company to test new functions in the beta app among a certain group of users to later roll them out widely in the Play Store. To join the Signal beta program, follow these simple steps. Have you already switched to an alternative to WhatApp? Let us know in the comments below this article.