Signal has released a new update for its Android and iOS apps that brings about a host of changes including chat wallpapers and animated stickers. The features are available in the latest 5.3.1 version of Signal for iOS and version 5.3.7 for Android. The features were announced by Signal on January 12 and are finally rolling out for users. Also Read - How to send disappearing photos and videos on WhatsApp in a few simple steps
Among common features for both iOS and Android are chat wallpapers and animated stickers, which rival WhatsApp has had for a long time. Signal has also added a new “About” option in Signal Profile. Wallpapers can be set for individual chats or as the default background for everyone. Users can select a photo of their own to set as wallpaper or select from presets offered by the app. Also Read - WhatsApp multi-device feature beta starts rolling out for all iOS users: Report
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. Also Read - WhatsApp voice transcription feature could launch soon: How it will work
Chat wallpapers have arrived! Customize wallpapers for each of your chats or just set a default background for everyone if your patience is wallpaper thin. Now available in Signal 5.3 for Android and iOS. pic.twitter.com/IxAxQUCm9n
— Signal (@signalapp) January 28, 2021
Additionally, Signal iOS users get a new setting to lower data usage for calls. The setting lets users automatically pause attachment downloads while a call is in progress. The downloads can be resumed or paused at any time. Finally, Signal has also improved image compression and quality and expanded the chat list previews that now display the sender’s name in group chats. Signal says the expanded chat list previews make it easier to decide which threads to look at first.
Support for animated stickers is rolling out now with the first official animated Signal sticker pack, “Day by Day” by Miguel Ángel Camprubí. Find out how to make your own stickers in Signal Desktop, or download the new pack here:https://t.co/PeXnacYn0Rhttps://t.co/TDc81EnPXv pic.twitter.com/vFLHCsUBor
— Signal (@signalapp) January 27, 2021