Amid WhatsApp’s privacy policy criticism, ‘Signal’ to roll out new features

Messaging app ‘Signal’, on Tuesday, announced that it will introduce a range of new features in its app in India over the next few days. Signal also provided a sneak peek of some of the features that would be included in the platform.

New features include chat wallpapers and animated stickers and an ‘about’ field for users’ Signal profile. For iOS users, Signal will add new media auto-download settings and full-screen profile photos to match the Android version.


The messaging app has also raised the group call limit on the platform from five to eight.

Signal has gained significant popularity over the last week, witnessing a surge in new downloads following endorsement from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who while replying to a Twitter user’s suggestion to invest in Signal said, “Already donated to Signal a year ago. Will donate more.” This came in amid concerns related to WhatsApp’s new privacy policy update.

The app had topped the list of free apps on Apple’s App Store charts in India, Austria, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, and Switzerland last week.

Signal Messenger, a similar app like WhatsApp, was founded in 2018. The app aims to provide its users with an encrypted messaging app. The application is open source, and in fact, WhatsApp currently uses Signal’s end-to-end encryption protocol.