Messaging App Signal Gets Unhitched from Chrome with New Desktop App

November 4, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Private messaging app Signal was launched initially by Open Whisper Systems as a desktop app through Chrome browser. The app has continued to evolve over the period of one year since its introduction. And now, it’s about to come out in a new form.

Signal is now made available as a standalone app for desktops, putting an end to the Chrome App alongside. The announcement was made by the developers signaling a new independent modus operandi for the private messaging app.

With the standalone app, Signal will now run independently of Google’s browser. This would relive Firefox and Safari users from installing Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on their personal computers. Additionally, Signal won’t also show up automatically now when opening Chrome following the unhitching.

Existing users have been given the option of exporting their data from the browser app to the new dedicated app right during the setup process. This would help users retrieve all their old conversations in the new app. The desktop app also pairs with smartphones to display all incoming and outgoing messages in Signal on the connected devices. The mobile version has received support for video calling feature on both Android and iOS earlier this year.

The new standalone app has been launched with support for both Mac and Windows. Devices running the former OS should have macOS 10.9 to the least, while Windows users can run the app of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Additionally, a standalone version of Signal is also available for Linux distributions supporting APT like Ubuntu.

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