WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal: which of the three is the best? | Digital Trends Spanish


Messaging apps have gained a prominent place in our modern lives, and with good reason. They are easy to use and —often— free. There are some apps available, all at the click of a button. And although they may be similar to many, they are not. Between WhatsApp, Telegram and SignalWhich one should you choose? In the first instance, it is difficult to give an absolute champion, since each one has its peculiarities, which have made users prefer them over others.

Interface

Telegram

For those who are already users of an instant messaging service, they will find in Telegram an application that really stands out for its multiple communication options, placed in an interface that is intuitive. And best of all, it constantly adds new functions to meet the different needs of its followers (some of the latest to be added are: sending files of up to 2 GB and the possibility of putting a profile video instead of a static photo ).

Although Telegram has become increasingly popular – it has more than 400 million monthly users – it may not be that all of your contacts are registered with the application, which could hinder your experience. However, its interface also makes it possible to easily invite your friends to try it.

Signal

This application gained considerable popularity in the movement generated by the death of citizen George Floyd in the United States, especially for its security options. Its interface is more “sober” compared to Telegram and WhatsApp, and you may not find as many contacts who use it, which could be a drawback.

Now fully in its tools, the functions it offers may not be as interactive as those of its competitors, but it does not stop including those that can be expected from an instant messaging platform, from sending your location to sharing photos.

WhatsApp

It is practically the app that any mobile user uses by default, and that is that it has a base of more than 2 billion people around the world.

In its main interface, the section of Chats, which allows you to get in touch with your contacts to send them anything from text to photos, as well as making calls and video calls quickly. Little by little it has added more functions, such as stickers animations and QR codes, to improve the overall experience.

Multimedia

Signal

Signal app interface

The platform makes it possible to make calls and video calls in HD, as well as to send photos, audio, GIF-like images, files, contacts and location, all of this putting your security and privacy first, the service refers.

One of its differentiating functions is that it allows faces to blur in still images, in order to share them with contacts or on other digital media. This tool is useful when you want to preserve the anonymity of people participating in social movements, for example.

WhatsApp

Over time, the Facebook-owned service has also become more interactive, to the extent of including features that were exclusive to other company platforms, such as Instagram status and Messenger rooms, without neglecting the fact that allows you to send from voice messages to documents.

Also, you already have stickers animated and the option to communicate with business accounts more quickly.

Telegram

Those looking for new interactive experiences, Telegram is sure to fill “the eye” in more ways than one. It is not only that I send the elements that the others apps allow, but improves the process: it is possible to interact with a simple emoji to edit a video before sharing it.

Likewise, its differentiating element is the channels, which function as a board in which the person in charge publishes information so that it reaches the people who are interested in it, without the possibility of them being able to reply.

Although anyone can create a dashboard, it is the media that have benefited the most from this tool.

Security

WhatsApp

WhatsApp art on security

Without neglecting that it is owned by Facebook, a firm that has faced multiple privacy scandals – undoubtedly one of the most notorious was that of Cambridge Analytica in 2018 – WhatsApp emphasizes that the privacy and security of users are part of its essence.

“So we have end-to-end encryption. Thanks to this, your messages, photos, voice messages, documents, status updates and calls are safe and will not fall into the wrong hands ”, he says.

He also explains that this functionality means that not even WhatsApp has a way to see the content of your messages or listen to your calls: “Before a message leaves your device, it is secured with a cryptographic lock, and only the recipient has the key. In addition, the keys change with each message that is sent ”.

Telegram

“Telegram is more secure than mass market messengers like WhatsApp and Line. We are based on the MTProto protocol, built on proven algorithms to make security compatible with high speed delivery and reliability on weak connections. We continuously work with the community to improve the security of our protocol and our clients ”, explains the platform created by Russian brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov.

It also reiterates that the service is and will remain free: no ads or subscription fees.

Regarding the privacy of users on the internet, the messaging service has two foundations:

  • Protect private conversations from intrusive third parties, such as officials and employers.
  • Protect the personal data of third parties, such as sellers and advertisers.

Signal

“We have designed the application to keep your data in your hands, and not ours. Signal uses end-to-end encryption, so we have never accessed the content of the messages you send; They are only visible to you and the recipients. The app also apply this design philosophy to the rest of your information ”, specifies the service in its official blog.

It means that you also do not have access to items such as contacts, group data, name and profile image, and location. “And we don’t include trackers, ads, or analytics in our software.”

Finally, it has made its service open source, in order that users have more confidence in it. “We make this technology available to the public for free because Signal is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization,” he says.

General experience

Telegram

This application is no longer the service that was used when WhatsApp experienced a cut. Little by little, it has become a leading place in the instant messaging segment due to its new and constant functions.

It is true that it still does not have the installation base of the Facebook-owned platform, however, once it is tested, it is difficult to think about eliminating it due to a bad user experience.

Signal

Signal app interface.

If you continue to maintain your security and privacy pillars, and add new functionality, this app it will be interesting in the near future; At the moment, the user experience it provides does not yet seem entirely intuitive.

Its function to automatically blur faces in photographs is interesting, especially in contexts where various demonstrations or social protests take place.

WhatsApp

It is the queen in terms of users and constantly adds new functionalities to offer a more intuitive experience.

Being a company acquired by Facebook, it is certain that the latter will want to make a profit and will implement new functions for it (there has been talk of advertising in the status section for some time), which in the end could disenchant more than one user. We’ll see what happens.

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