HAVE you heard about `Signal’, the messaging app that has been topping the charts on the Apple and Android app stores lately? Say “hello” to a different messaging experience. Now you can Speak Freely again.

Signal is a cross-platform centralized encrypted messaging service developed by the Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC. It uses the Internet to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos

Now you can send and receive high-fidelity messages, participate in HD voice/video calls, and explore a growing set of new features that help you stay connected and focus on sharing the moments that matter with your loved ones.

Signal is similar to WhatsApp in terms of features and lets users send messages, make audio and video calls with their friends, share photos, videos and links.

Here are the top selling features and benefits of using the Signal app.

• Say anything – State-of-the-art end-to-end encryption (powered by the open source Signal Protocol™) keeps your conversations secure. Privacy isn’t an optional mode — it’s just the way that Signal works. Every message, every call, every time.

• Go fast – Messages are delivered quickly and reliably, even on slow networks. Signal is optimized to operate in the most constrained environment possible.

• Feel free – Signal is a completely independent and non-profit. It’s development is supported by users with no advertisements and no trackers. No kidding.

• Be yourself – You can use your existing phone number and address book to securely communicate with your friends.

• Speak up – Whether they live across town or across the ocean, Signal’s enhanced audio and video quality will make your friends and family feel closer.

• Whisper in the shadows – Switch to the dark theme if you refuse to see the light.

• Sound familiar – Choose custom alerts for each contact, or disable noises completely. You can experience the sound of silence whenever you want by choosing “None” as your notification ringtone.

• Picture this – Use the built-in image editing features to sketch, crop, and flip your outgoing photos. There’s even a text tool so that you can add more words to your pictures.

In terms of privacy features, Signal is better than WhatsApp, because it is end-to-end encrypted, collects less data than Telegram and stores messages on your device rather than in the cloud. However, if you care about app features and who’s using the messaging app, then WhatsApp is still ahead.