Signal app is the new private messenger making waves around the world. Some users around the world are ditching Telegram and WhatsApp for it. In case you don’t know what the fuss is all about, we’ve got you covered.
Signal is a supposed private messenger with end-to-end encryption so as to protect user data. What this means is that whatever data (text, video or voice note) exchanged is scrambled to the Signal team or third parties. Similarly, voice and video calls are absolutely private.
Signal app User Interface
Basically, Signal is like WhatsApp messenger but with a focus on privacy and security. Furthermore, the user interface is similar to that of WhatsApp and Telegram combined.
The default blue and white colour scheme screams Telegram messenger, while chat window and profile aesthetic looks like WhatsApp.
Simply put, Signal delivers everything you expect from a messenger app — even a little more — but with a focus on privacy. For example, you can use Signal app for groups, texts, SMS, voice calls, video chat etc.
On the side of privacy, any app maker can claim that that their messenger is private and that user data is not collected. But, Signal is kind of different due to its transparency.
How’s it different from WhatsApp and Telegram?
The Signal messenger is open source, peer reviewed and entirely runs on grants and donations. With this is in mind, it’s safe to consider the private messenger legit. You’re guaranteed to have no ads or trackers. Furthermore, the best thing is that it’s completely free.
On their website, the Signal team mentions that they are not tied to any major tech company. And can’t be acquired by one either. They rely on grants and donations from people like you. In addition, the messenger is available for download on popular platforms.
Unlike the more popular messenger apps like WhatsApp and Telegram in their infancy — Signal is right off the bat truly cross platform. You can download the app on Android, iOS, iPad OS, Linux, Mac and Windows. Due to its robust and ubiquitous nature — Signal has won the hearts of some influential people.
PS: You should try it out. But, make sure to invite your friends to join so that you’re not lonely.
Quite alright, at the time of writing, Signal has 50 million downloads on the Play Store alone — that’s huge.
But, that can’t compare to Telegram (500 million) and WhatsApp (5 billion) downloads — equally on the Play Store alone. On the other hand, statistics from other app stores are difficult to find or are not publicly available. Why’s it that Signal app has become so popular all of sudden?
Signal App user reception and reviews
Clearly, the development team at Signal are doing something right because of the positive reviews and media coverage. Although the Apple App Store doesn’t publicly display the number of app downloads — reviews are there. Currently, Signal App has over 341 thousand 4.5 star ratings accompanied by positive reviews. Equally important to notice are the comments from users in the tech community — we got some from YouTube. Below are some comments from fans of the Later Clips tech channel run by Unbox Therapy‘s Lew Later.
It makes sense in a way because Facebook hasn’t yet profited off WhatsApp since buying it for $19 billion in 2014. Clearly, it’s been difficult for Facebook to monetise the app — especially that the $0.99 annual subscription fee has been scraped off since 2016.
Without a doubt, it’s evident that Facebook and Telegram are part of the reason why Signal has become an almost overnight success.
As to whether or not Signal will continue to grow it’s user base, the answer isn’t clear. Although there’s a focus on privacy, some users on other less secure platforms just don’t care.
Additionally, brand loyalty and ease of use are of great importance for some people more than privacy compromise for marketing purposes — especially mature users. Learning to use a new messenger and inviting or convincing others to join is simply a chore.
Final thought on Signal is that it’s a great app but it just might be more of a niche messenger. Unfortunately, it’s true, the app is relevant to a certain user base. The privacy conscious will definitely love Signal private messenger — not forgetting some conspiracy theorists. Although conspiracy theorists might conjure up a theory about Signal too.
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