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Signal ‘Copies’ Several WhatsApp Features Amid New User Surge

Encrypted messaging app In its upcoming upgrade, Signal, which has seen a spike in new sign-ups, added many features that already exist in WhatsApp in an obvious attempt to draw more users from the messaging network owned by Facebook.

Released this week, the new Signal Beta update contains the feature to adjust the chat wallpaper copied directly from WhatsApp, notes WABetaInfo, a website that closely monitors the Beta updates on the network operated by Facebook.

WhatsApp has a tool for setting a personalized “about” on the contact details tab, a status visible. Signal, for its users, has now launched the same alternative. Signal has also offered group calls, but so far it has been confined to five users. Now, eight participants, including WhatsApp, have changed the cap.

WhatsApp allowed last year’s support for animated stickers. Now, Signal also provides the ability to produce animated stickers from its Desktop app, enabling friends to upload them, the study said on Friday.

The new update introduces animated sticker support, along with the first official animated sticker pack, “Day by Day.” In comparison, a low data mode for calls already deployed in WhatsApp is implemented by Signal. Now, the latest WhatsApp strategy has been delayed until May 15.

Over the next two years, Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum before selling it for $19 billion to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is planning to add 100-200 million users in India.

Actor, the Signal Foundation’s Executive Chairman who quit WhatsApp in 2017 over a WhatsApp monetization fight with Facebook, said he is encouraged to see the huge outpouring of support from all corners of India. A huge 24-hour long blackout was experienced last week by the encrypted messaging service.

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