Snapchat Adds Messaging, Live Video Chatting
Snapchat today updated its application with two major features: disappearing messages, and video chats. The app supports presence - or, "Here" in Snapchat parlance - which means users can have text or video chats with friends when they are signed into and using the app. Simply swipe right on a contact's name in the Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When users leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both participants will be cleared. Live video can be shared between two users by pressing and holding the app's shutter button. The new features are available to both the Android and iOS versions of Snapchat, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store, respectively.
Snapchat Adds 3D Lenses
Snapchat today introduced a new way to use its Lenses feature in a way that the company says is more interactive. When using the rear camera, Snapchatters can discover new Lenses that can "paint the word around you with new 3D experiences." These new Lenses include sticker-like animations that float and move around people within Snapchat images.
Snapchat 2.0 Features Refreshed Chat Tools
Snapchat today pushed up a major update to its service that improves the app's ability to handle messages, photos, and videos. Snapchat now lets users transition between these ways of communication with a simpler user interface, and allows people to send videos or audio snippets even when recipients aren't online.
Instagram Intros Live Video and Disappearing Photos
Instagram today announced two new features for its mobile app that expand how people can share photos and videos. First, the social network is marking the debut of live video within Instagram Stories.
Facebook Messenger Adds Video Clip Feature
Facebook has pushed out an update to its Messenger application for both Android and iOS and added several new features. The most significant new feature is the ability to record and send 15-second video clips to other Facebook users from within the app itself.
Snapchat to Ease Navigation with Universal Search
Snapchat is prepared to make its mobile app much easier to use with the addition of a universal search tool. The tool, reports TechCrunch, will always be accessible at the top of the screen and will let people quickly find friends, groups, publishers, and stories.