Today’s Signal beta for iOS includes support for animated GIF search. Signal iOS has long supported sending and receiving GIFs, but today’s beta adds support for browsing and searching popular GIFs from within Signal.
We previously announced experimental support for animated GIF search in Signal Android, which we’re now bringing to iOS, along with some privacy updates to the process.
A brief replay on GIFs and privacy
GIF search engines like GIPHY provide network APIs that allow an app to easily expose trending and search functionality for GIFs. For instance, if someone messages you with an invitation, you might want to write back with a message that says “I’m excited.” With integrated GIF search, you could instead do a GIF search for “I’m excited” and send one of the results instead.