New features should make it easier for users to switch
Signal has released 5.3.1 beta for Android and new features noticed by the tracker WABetaInfo look very familiar to WhatsApp users. Allowing users to choose from 21 chat wallpapers or to upload a custom wallpaper is the first of these. A dark theme has also been introduced to offer a low-brightness experience.
The latest beta update allows users to set a custom ‘About’ status, like the feature on WhatsApp, which lets a user set a personalized message for their contacts. Animated stickers appear for the first time, with ‘Day by Day’ being the first official sticker pack.
Signal is also bringing in data-saving features, including a low-data mode for calls and the ability to choose when media files should be automatically downloaded.
The app’s group features have followed WhatsApp in allowing a maximum of eight participants in a group call, up from five. Users can now invite others to a group using a shareable link.