Signal finally decides to remove SMS support from the Android app: what it means

Signal is finally ready to ditch SMS technology for its messaging app, allowing the platform to scale and cater to the more advanced features you have on other messaging apps. Now most of you might be confused as to why Signal was working on SMS which has now become old and insecure. So, from now on, Android users with Signal will benefit from the latest security measures to protect their messages.

The platform began its journey before messaging technology had evolved, so SMS was the best way to make Signal work.

But with growing concerns about SMS and its outdated encryption standards, Signal decided it was time to move on and use more advanced features for its messaging solution.

On top of that, having it work on SMS meant that Signal messages were chargeable in some regions, which was not the case in the United States. But the removal of SMS support allows Signal to work within the ecosystem of OTT messaging apps.

In fact, the platform can now integrate more features, which makes it more appealing to new generation users, who continue to rely on WhatsApp even though there are other apps in the market. Signal says the SMS transition will be smooth and the platform will keep its users informed of future changes that will be visible in the coming months.

One such feature that Signal users will soon be getting is Stories. Much like Instagram and Snapchat, Signal users will be able to post content that will automatically disappear after 24 hours. Stories for Signal is coming to Android 5.52 beta and for iOS users the version is 5.57. Stories will be available as a new tab that sits right next to the Chats section at the bottom of the app interface.

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