At the start of the year, WhatsApp had to deal with a huge controversy. Wanting to change its terms of service, Facebook’s messaging service angered many users who sought to turn to other alternatives. And among these was Signal , which has seen a huge increase in popularity.
Signal is positioned as a secure messaging service, and has already been recommended by Elon Musk, as well as Edward Snowden. Signal and WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption. However, while WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, Signal emphasizes its independence.
“Signal is ad-free and free for you! As an open source project supported by grants and donations, Signal can put users first, ” reads this messaging service’s FAQ.
In essence, many people trust Signal more to protect their data. But in addition to privacy, Signal will offer another advantage: the ability to share images without compression.
You will have noticed it, but on most messaging services, when you share photos, they are compressed (to prioritize performance over image quality). But signal will stand out since it wants to allow users to share images in 4K resolution.
As reported by the Android Police site, this new feature is currently being tested in beta v5.11.0. According to the explanations of the site, on this beta, when the user shares a photo, he is offered to choose between the standard quality and the high quality which allows to share 4K images.
It goes without saying that while 4K sharing is available, you could still choose the standard quality. Indeed, this consumes less mobile data and also allows the file to be sent more quickly. But in some cases, when it is important to preserve the original quality of an image, you will have another option.
This test is taking place as Signal is increasingly geared towards the general public. In the past, Signal was indeed seen as a niche app for journalists, activists, etc. who want the best possible protection for their data.
But currently, the app wants to seduce more people. And in order to achieve this goal, it must offer more features.