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‘Signal App’ become popular with the same features as Whatsapp

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For some time Whatsapp has been in the discussion about its new privacy. And during this time, its rival app Signal also came into the discussion. The signal became very popular among the users as soon as it came into the discussion and its popularity can be gauged from the fact that its download number has exceeded 50 lakhs.

Users using the Signal app must have experienced that most of the features in this app are similar to Whatsapp, which gives you a feel of Whatsapp.

Here we are giving you information about such features used in Signal which are exactly similar to WhatsApp.

Lock feature: Like Whatsapp lock, users will also get the app lock feature to keep chat private in Signal. Where users can lock the app with the help of PIN, passcode, and biometric authentication.

Disappearing Message: Disappointing feature was made available on Whatsapp some time back. After activating it, your Whatsapp messages are automatically deleted within 7 days. In the same way, you can also activate the disassembly feature in Signal in which the sender can set the time between 5 seconds to 7 days.

Calling feature: Like Whatsapp, you will get the calling feature in the Signal app too. However, this feature is currently available in the beta version but will soon be fully rolled out for users.

Dark Mode: In Signal, users will get dark support similar to Whatsapp. Using this feature, users can comfortably use the signal in both dark and light modes.

End to end encryption: Whatsapp has also been given the popular and most special feature end to end encryption feature in Signal. This means that only you or the person to whom you have sent messages can read your messages.

Desktop Support: If you want, you can use the Signal app to connect to the desktop. For this, you will get the facility of QR scan in it, just like Whatsapp.

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Now you Google assistant can locate your iPhone even if silent or on DND

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Google has updated its AI voice assistant with new features. One of these now gives Google Assistant the ability to find misplaced phones using their Nest Displays and speakers. Interestingly, the ability extends to iPhones, meaning iPhone users can now use Google Assistant for the search too.

Phone and other Apple device users have often used the command “Find my iPhone” on Apple’s voice assistant Siri to locate their phones. The update to Google Assistant now gives the same capability over Google Home devices. Though Google points out that iPhone users will first have to allow notifications and critical alerts from the Google Home app.

Google Assistant even has an advantage over Apple’s way of locating devices for users. With Siri on connected devices, users can place a regular call to their iPhones to locate them. Google Assistant takes this a step further and will ring the phone even if it is in Do Not Disturb mode.

Google has now shared the feature on its Google Home app on iOS. Once the iPhone users set up critical alerts, they can opt for “Finding your phone with Assistant” notifications. These enable a custom ringing sound on their iPhones to locate it whenever the device is lost.

Google says that the ringing will be audible even if the iPhone is silenced or if DND is enabled on it. As pointed out in a report by 9to5Mac, Apple seems to have granted the Google Home app a special alerts entitlement to bypass the device settings and trigger these critical sounds.

Order food through Google Assistant

Other than the support for iPhone tracking, the Google Assistant will now help users in placing food delivery orders online. Powered by Duplex, the feature will work on restaurants that appear in the Google app for Android.

To use this, Google Assistant users will first have to make menu selections from the restaurant of their like. The Assistant will then get into action during the final check out process. The AI voice assistant will then automatically navigate the site and fill out the user’s contact and payment details saved in Google Pay and synced to Chrome Autofill.

For now, Google has partnered with select chains to introduce the feature to its users. It will eventually expand to more restaurant partners later this year.

Google has also updated Assistant Routines with new triggers. This means that the company’s voice assistant will now be able to present a carousel of suggested actions to users on the home screen with triggers like sunrise or sunset.

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