Snapchat adds messaging and video chatting
App updated to add more features for instead of just images
Snapchat has introduced messaging and video calls in addition to its current image messaging service, and just like the images, the chats will not be stored on users' phones.
Not storing the images is said to be what made the app popular but according to Techcrunch.com, many users were sending multiple snaps back and forth just to chat meaning they would end up taking a random photo and adding a caption so they have conversation.
Now, according to the Independent, users can chat with friends by swiping right on their names in the inbox. When the chat screen is closed, the messages and pictures are deleted, though users can choose to manually save them to their phones.
If both users are in a chat, the app will offer the opportunity to share live video and chat face to face, the company said in a blog post. Just like when users see a snap, they need to hold their finger on the screen to keep the video call active.
Users can switch from the front-facing camera to the back camera by dragging their thumb to the upper half of the screen. The camera will automatically switch. Techcrunch claims that these interface refinements are why Snapchat has been a very effective messaging app.
The update hasn't arrived in the Play Store or the App Store yet but it is expected to arrive today. To start chatting, users will need to communicate with someone else who has also updated the app.