The app has seen thousands of new sign-ups.
Over the past few days, Signal has seen a surge in new sign-ups that overloaded the messaging app’s servers that forced it to go down for a couple of hours. But once it went back online it also came with a plethora of new features that now make it more similar to WhatsApp.
Aside from customizable chat wallpapers and animated stickers, Signal now offers custom status messages as well. Group calls have also been increased from five to eight, though VOIP calls are still not permitted in the UAE.
Still, Signal offers the same end-to-end encryption for messages, making sure that the messages that you send and receive can only be seen by you and the person you are talking to.