Encrypted messaging app Signal has received an update with several new features that reflect its increase in popularity, including chat wallpapers, an “About” section in user profiles, and more.
Signal now lets you set chat wallpapers for individual chats or set a single default background for all chat threads in a change that should appeal to former WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger users.
Similarly, the app now offers support for animated stickers, while Signal users can create their own APNG animated sticker packs in Signal Desktop.
Elsewhere, expanded chat list previews display the sender's name in group chats, so it's easier to decide which threads to look at first.
The update includes a new setting to lower data usage for calls, and users can automatically pause attachment downloads while a call is in progress. The developers have also improved image compression and quality.
The app also got the thumbs up from prominent Signal users like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Edward Snowden and even Borderpolar's creator, Anastasios Antoniadis, which only added to the mainstream interest in the app.
The last major update came in December when the app rolled out support for encrypted group video calls. Signal Private Messenger is a free download [Direct Link] for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store.
Source: Mac Rumors