The latest version of Signal for iOS (5.3.1) and Android (5.3.7) brings several new additions to the increasingly popular encrypted messaging app. These include conventional features like chat wallpapers, animated stickers, and an “About” section on your profile. The iOS app now handles data more efficiently, bringing it closer to feature parity with the Android app.
Meanwhile, the iOS app is also more efficient with data iPhone users will see new settings to reduce data usage during calls, pause downloading of attachments during calls automatically, and improve image compression, among other improvements. Signal has long been a popular messaging option for those focused on the security of their communications (the European Commission told staff to switch to Signal in February 2020, for example) and Signal is still focused on launching new security-focused features like group video call encryption. But more consumer-centric features like wallpapers and stickers could make Signal feel more accessible to users who are accessing the app from WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, and ideally keep them on Signal for the long term.