An estimated 40 million users of one of the most popular mobile messaging apps, Snapchat, now have new ways to communicate within the app. Both the Android and iOS versions of the app have been updated to include private text messaging and face-to-face video calls in real time.
Starting today, if you swipe to the side on a contact in your list of snapchats, you can start a private text chat. Any messages that are viewed by both parties will be cleared from the chat screen when you swipe away from the conversation. You are allowed to take screenshots of information in the conversation, however.
Arguably the most interesting new feature is the face-to-face chat. When both parties are in the chat, you can press and hold on the screen to share live video with your friend and yes, both of you can share a live stream of video at the same time.
You can read the full press release here, or down below:
Building Snapchat has taught us a lot about what makes conversation special. When we first started working on an application for sharing disappearing pictures, we had no idea how much we would learn. Our classmates were quick to point out that you could always take a screenshot. That led us to the notion of deletion by default – you keep what you want, and we’ll get rid of everything else!
We also learned that conversation feels better when it’s visual. So we decided to make sure that every time you launch Snapchat we take you straight to the camera. It’s the fastest way to capture and share a moment on your smartphone.
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.
Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!
We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face!
Image Source: The Christian Science Monitor
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