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 Group Chats for Up to 16 People
Snapchat updated its mobile app today with a new feature. Users can now video chat with up to 16 of their friends at one time.
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.
Snappables Are Gamified Lenses from Snapchat
Snapchat today rolled out Snappables, which it says are new Lenses meant for playing augmented reality games with other Snapchat users. Snappables are controlled via touch, movement, and facial expressions.