BERLIN: Staying on top of the many replies to a message in a group chat can be tricky. That's why messenger service Signal has now introduced a new feature to clean up the mess that ensues when a lots of people reply to one message.
To help anyone quickly find out who has replied to their message and what they wrote, Signal now shows a speech bubble symbol next to a message in a group chat when there are lots of replies to it.
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This way, instead of seeing a long list of various responses, all reactions to one comment are neatly bundled into one speech bubble. To see them all you just tap on the speech bubble to expand the responses.
Signal, which has been able to win over more and more users with its privacy-oriented approach, is working hard to expand its range of features to better compete with rivals WhatsApp and Telegram.
In future, Signal will also announce its own news via a new info channel chat in the app itself, like Telegram does. When new versions of the messenger are released every month, the chat will be used to explain the improvements or changes.
The info channel chat will appear like another contact, one named Signal, at the top of your contact list. It's muted by default and anyone who doesn't want to get updates this way can also simply remove or block the chat.
The two new features are coming to smartphones in app version 5.42, which is available now, but initially only on Android devices. – dpa