With the woes of WhatsApp and its gain in popularity, Signal wants to transform the trial and keep its new users with new functions that may appeal to even the less freakish of privacy.
Faced with this loss of confidence, whether it is justified or not, the more data friendly alternatives to WhatsApp like Signal and Telegram are rubbing their hands. But, the main obstacle to sustaining their flash popularity is the adoption rate of the rest of the users, even those for whom data protection is not a big deal.
Signal seems to have fully understood this issue. The application announced Wednesday, January 13, working on adding new features. Features that speak to the general public and that could allow Signal to truly become mainstream.
Become mainstream to replace WhatsApp
In doing so, Signal is taking advantage of the new attention it is being given as an alternative to WhatsApp. As the company revealed on Twitter, the new features on iOS and Android that will be available in January such as wallpapers for each chat, an “about” section for your Signal profile, animated stickers or a automatic media download on iOS (already available on Android).
Here’s a sneak peek at some new Signal features that will start rolling out in a few days:
• Chat wallpapers!
• About field for your Signal profile
• Animated stickers
• For iOS: Media auto-download settings and full-screen profile photos (to match Android)
Good morning 🇮🇳! pic.twitter.com/KEAbhMswRI
— Signal (@signalapp)
January 12, 2021
As you will have noticed, none of these functions target Signal early adopters. We are not on protective features of your data but on gadget or cosmetic features. The latter are supposed to appeal to ordinary users, who don’t care about data and would therefore be less likely to let go of WhatsApp and the comfort of a UX to which they are too accustomed.
A few days earlier, Signal had increased the limit of participants in video calls by allowing up to eight participants to be accommodated in a video call. By posting recently on Twitter: “now you can call it even” or “now, we are leaving”, Signal was of course referring to the WhatsApp participant limit, which is also eight.
How is Signal a good alternative to WhatsApp?
While it is quite commendable that Signal is taking advantage of this unique opportunity and positioning itself as an alternative to WhatsApp, we should not be rushing blindly. Compared to other messaging apps, Signal already makes a good impression when it comes to the permissions the app needs on your smartphone.
— KT Tunstall (@KTTunstall)
January 12, 2021
Thanks to new protections for user data in Apple’s AppStore, it’s pretty easy to navigate. As you can see in the following screenshot, the app only uses your phone number and therefore does not collect data about you as a person. For comparison, I have included the information on WhatsApp.
Signal support also states that the transmitted data is only stored on the devices and secured during connection by end-to-end encryption. This is good news, for which WhatsApp has already received a lot of praise.
Not easy to change and start from scratch
Signal is therefore definitely a good alternative to WhatsApp and could even claim more if the developers keep working on new features. However, Signal isn’t the only messaging app that offers more privacy, more variety of features, and other perks over WhatsApp.
On the contrary, it is very difficult to detach yourself from a fully configured app, users and endless conversations of the past. WhatsApp is currently the best way to stay in touch with almost all of your contact list. So alternatives tend to fail because users don’t want to change or simply run the risk of catapulting themselves out of their circle of friends.
What do you think of the switch from WhatsApp to Signal, Telegram and others? Did you successfully migrate or did you have to go back to Facebook?
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This article was translated from German and then editorially adapted by Florian Philon. The original version written by Benjamin Lucks was originally published on NextPit.de on January 14, 2021.
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