As mainstream interest in online privacy expands, Signal wants to grow along with it.
This week, the app added two features, one a serious response to international censorship and the other a light, fluffy feature set meant to make the app even more user friendly for those who might be new to this whole encryption thing.
As detailed in a post on the Open Whisper Systems blog, the latest Signal update Android only for now circumvents state-sponsored censorship in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates by building in domain fronting, a way for the app s usage to disguise itself as Internet traffic to another service altogether.
With enough large scale services acting as domain fronts, disabling Signal starts to look like disabling the internet, Signal explained in the blog post.
When those users send a Signal message, it will look like a normal HTTPS request to http://www.google.com.
Beyond its censorship workaround, Signal updated its Android app with a few fun features, allowing users to now add stickers and doodles to photos à la Snapchat, Facebook and other mainstream social apps.