Signal App Getting Features That Mimic WhatsApp Experience

From chat wallpapers to support for eight people in group calls, Signal is becoming more like WhatsApp.

Signal App Getting Features That Mimic WhatsApp Experience
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Signal appears to have started developing a range of new features that are already available on WhatsApp. The new changes have come into notice just days after the instant messaging app welcomed a rush of new users. Signal's rise in popularity has come in the wake of a privacy policy update by WhatsApp that has spiralled into a public outrage. One of the changes that Signal has in the works that mimics WhatsApp is chat wallpapers. Signal could also add an ‘About' option that looks similar to the one on WhatsApp.

As noticed by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, Signal 5.3.1 beta for Android carries the new chat wallpaper feature. It can be accessed by going to Settings > Appearance > Chat wallpaper. There are 21 pre-set wallpapers to choose from, though users can also add their own images as chat wallpapers on the app. An option to set a dark theme to dim the chat wallpaper is also available.

WhatsApp has had chat wallpapers for quite some time now. It also added custom wallpapers for chats in December.