Snapchat Says Brand New Android App In the Works
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel today said the company plans to rebuild its Android application, making it easier to use and more appealing to novices. "To attract more Android users, we are building a new version of our Android application from the ground up that we will launch in select markets before rolling it out widely," said Spiegel today as part of the company's quarterly earnings call. "This new version of our application leverages everything we have learned about building for Android over the past five years, to provide a more performant product experience that we know our community will appreciate." Spiegel says its Android app has already improved by leaps and bounds this year, though he suggested the 60,000 individual Android form factors using the service have complicated its engineering efforts. Spiegel admitted that the app can be difficult to understand and hopes the new version will help boost its user growth. Snapchat didn't say when it might roll the new app out to beta testers or end users. Snapchat is popular due to the ephemeral nature of its content and disappearing stories.
Instagram Intros Live Video and Disappearing Photos
Nov 21, 2016
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.
Instagram Simplifies Disappearing Message Behavior
Apr 11, 2017
Instagram today rolled out a new style for sharing ephemeral messages with others. Disappearing photos and videos are still shared via the Direct messaging tool, but moving forward they are included within ongoing threaded conversations between people or groups, rather than pulled out separately.
Instagram Rolls Out Disappearing Stories
Aug 2, 2016
Instagram today announced Instagram Stories, a new way to share photos and videos that is similar to Snapchat's Stories. With Stories, Instagram users can post as many photos and videos as they want throughout the day and customize them with text, stickers, and drawing tools.
Google's AMP Stories Let Web Publishers Tell Tap-Through Stories with Photos and Videos
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.