Snapchat is one of the most popular apps within the teenage demographic. According to a study, over 77% of college going students use Snapchat daily, which is a scary big number. The app allows you to share images with your peers but the catch here is the images are deleted after few seconds making it a bit of harmless fun. However, Snapchat wants to take the app beyond just a disposable image sharing service and as a result has added two features that would perhaps appeal to a more mature set of audience.
Snapchat has rolled out an update to both Android and iOS versions of the app which allow you to Instant Message and make Video Calls from within the app. One may argue, that apps such as Hangouts and Skype already had the feature, but addition of them to the Snapchat arsenal has made the application a bit more robust and immersive.
To begin sending an IM to your friend, all you need to do is, go to your Snapchat inbox and from there select the friend you wish to speak to and swipe right and get going. However, staying true to its disposable messaging theme, the moment you leave the messaging screen, the messages will be deleted, but you can take discrete screenshots to save something that might be important to you.
The app also prompts you if your friend and you are both on the same chat screen between you both so you can simply tap and hold and share live video feed allowing you to chat face to face. The update is rolling out OTA for both Android and iOS. However, if you are not on Snapchat yet, you can download the application directly and the new features will be added by default.
Snapchat announced the new features on it’s blog too saying, “With our last product update, we honored the true nature of storytelling – every Story has a chronological order – a beginning, middle, and end. We built Stories to help Snapchatters create narratives and share them with all of their friends in just one tap. But until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting. We could not be more thrilled to announce Chat.”
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