Following recent discussions about Telegram and Signal in /e/OS, we came to the conclusion that we wouldn’t anymore include Instant Messaging applications pre-installed in /e/OS. There is no consensus on which IM app should be preinstalled, and there is not yet a “universal” Messaging app that could address the largest number of people, while offering a very high degree of privacy.
On the other hand, any of those applications can be installed from the /e/ application installer very easily, and users are free to install the application of their choice.
As a result, we will stop integrating Telegram and Signal in new builds starting from July 10th, 2019.
Beware: users of the Signal messaging app, please make sure that you enable backups, or you will lose all your conversations after an OTA update without Signal.
More about enabling backup in Signal at:
Signal messages, pictures, files, and other contents are stored locally on your device.
Use a backup to move your local Signal…