Signal Might Soon Give WhatsApp a Run for Its Money

Pretty much everyone uses WhatsApp these days and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that this messaging app has managed to become the single most ubiquitous form of messaging in the world surpassing even the once widespread SMS based messaging that people took part in. However, with all of that having been said and out of the way it is important to note that WhatsApp’s place at the top of the messaging food chain might not be quite as unassailable as many, including the platform’s owner Facebook, would like to think.

A major problem that many people have with WhatsApp has to do with the fact that the platform is owned by Facebook which is a company that many if not most seem to distrust at this current point in time. WhatsApp has tried to assuage concerns by offering end to end encryption but this has only created more problems for the company as users need to go through the time consuming process of backing up all messages to a server before switching devices otherwise they might just end up losing all of the messages that they have on their account.

There is no unified WhatsApp account that people can use, and Signal, a major WhatsApp competitor that puts privacy before anything else, is starting to come up by fixing this issue. One major thing that the platform is working on is a true blue desktop app, one that isn’t a web based bandaid similar to what WhatsApp offers. The encryption also has many different end points which means that you will have backup servers that you can use to access your contacts and messages. With video and voice calling now being introduced on this platform as well, and group calling soon on its way, WhatsApp might soon find itself fighting for survival.

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