In a bid to woo WhatsApp’s userbase, Signal has added some of WhatsApp’s features and here’s a look at a few. Also Read - WhatsApp's latest update for Android, iOS in India: Ability to import third-party sticker packs, and more
Change chat wallpaper
The latest beta version of the app that was released this week included a feature to change the chat window wallpaper exactly like what we have already seen on WhatsApp. The feature was first spotted by WABetaInfo, a website that tracks all updates related to WhatsApp. Also Read - WhatsApp to get a new design for media footer on Android, here's how it looks
Signal “About” section
WhatsApp gives its users the option to set an “about” ie a status available on the WhatsApp info page. You can spot the option by going to WhatsApp’s Settings and then tapping on you display picture. Signal has also released a similar feature for its platform.
Group call limit
Signal already offers Group Calling feature to its users, however, the app only limits users to add five participants to the call. This number has been upped to eight now, the same as on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp enabled support from animated stickers last year and now the WhatsApp-rival has also added the feature to its platform. You can now create animated stickers using the desktop app on Signal and share the same with your friends.
The latest update brings support for these stickers with “Day by Day” being the first official pack.
Apart from the above, Signal is also releasing a low data mode for calls and it has already released a feature which allows the user to create a sharable link to invite people to groups.
Signal managed to reach the top spot in the category of free apps in multiple countries including India.
Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum before selling it to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for $19 billion, is aiming to add 100-200-million users in India over the next two years.