According to a CNBC report,
- “Signal had approximately 7.5 million downloads globally through the Apple App Store and Google play store between January 6 and January 10, according to Sensor Tower. That is 43 times the number from the previous week. This has been the biggest number of installs since the app was created. Telegram also saw 5.6 million downloads globally from Wednesday to Sunday.”
This massive boost is also as a result of a tweet made by Elon Musk nudging people to download the App. Signal shared on Twitter that verification codes will be delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join the App.
The company claims to have “state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption” as part of its service, which prevents messages from being read by those who are not the intended recipient, but there are still a lot of concerns like
- multiple requests from people asking Signal to allow sign-ups with email as they are not comfortable disclosing their phone numbers.
- Signal lacking some of the features available on WhatsApp.
What to expect
Signal has to work hard to roll out more features that will give people the social experience that they want, else it risks losing its competitive advantage in the months to come.