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Signal new features: From chat wallpapers to animated stickers, here are some new features added

Signal has updated its Android and iOS apps, bringing chat wallpapers, animated stickers, "About" in the Profile section, and more features.

Akarsh Verma | January 31, 2021 | Updated 17:10 IST

Highlights

  • The new Signal update brings mainstream features like wallpapers and stickers to the app.
  • The iOS version of Signal also received new data management features.
  • The WhatsApp rival has introduced a plethora of new features because of the growing popularity.

The latest update for the Signal messaging 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. The new features are available now and being pushed to all users globally.

Another notable addition is the inclusion of the new About option in the Signal profile. You can configure wallpapers for individual chats or as the default background for all contacts. You can either select a predefined wallpaper or upload your photo. The Dark mode will be overridden if you apply chat wallpapers.

Coming to animated stickers, the first official animated sticker pack by Signal will be "Day by Day" by Miguel Ángel Camprubí. To recall, WhatsApp released animated stickers in July last year. Signal allows users to create their own APNG animated sticker packs in Signal Desktop as well. The sticker packs can be shared with multiple chats as well.

Signal enables iOS users to lower data usage for calls in addition to the capability to pause attachment downloads during a call conversation. The image compression quality has been enhanced in the latest update. The chat list previews display the sender's name in group chats.

Signal is an end-to-end encrypted messaging app just like WhatsApp. A large number of people flocked to it after WhatsApp updated its Privacy Policy earlier this month, triggering privacy concerns. According to a Sensor Tower report, Signal was downloaded over 23 lakh times between January 6 and January 10.

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