Signal Messenger may not be as popular as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger but it is known for its focus on security and Edward Snowden’s stamp of approval.
The company behind it, Open Whisper Systems has made the app simple unlike its competitors with a reported strong focus on security. However, to make it more competitive with other messaging platforms, they have to add features onto their platform.
The latest feature Open Whisper Systems added to Signal is Video Calls which is also available on Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp and on the iOS side, Facetime. There is a catch, where this was released as a public beta which means it is still not stable yet.
“This represents an entirely new calling infrastructure for Signal and should increase voice quality as well, ” they said in the blogpost. To access it, you have to go to settings, tap on advanced and enable ‘video calling beta’.
When you check out the setting within the app, in order for video calling to work, both parties must enable it. The company says that they are rolling it out to different devices, networks and regions so that there will be “no surprises” when it is enabled to everyone by default.
Late last year, they added disappearing messages which was popularized by Snapchat where you set your messages to expire after a certain duration. The company has not yet given a timeline when they will remove the feature out of beta, but as of now, you can try it and see.