One of the reasons tech companies keep on releasing updates and new features is because they want to keep their industry leader status or catch up with other social networks.
Ephemeral platform Snapchat is already a community favorite – especially among younger users – so the company released an update called Chat 2.0. to keep them entertained.
Released this Tuesday, the new version of the app’s chat has created a pleasant mix of many multimedia options. According to Tech Times, users can now leave audio and video notes, upload and send media from their camera roll and use the 200-sticker collection.
In Snapchat’s own words, the new feature is meant to “emulate the best parts of face-to-face conversation.”
Until now, users were notified when a friend was typing to they could be on the lookout for their message. But now that Snapchat has had time to observe the way users talk, it has decided to add a significant upgrade to the chat function, turning it into a tool users will be thrilled about.
The messaging app has already integrated a basic version of video calling into its chat feature; it’s been there since the app debuted on May 2014. But nothing compares with Chat 2.0, which takes Snapchat into the league of Facebook Messenger – and maybe even better.
If the filter-based app has one goal, it’s to offer its users the “best way to communicate – second only to hanging out face-to-face.” After you swipe right on your friend’s name to open a chat, you can press the video icon to send a video call.
You can also just send a video note up to 10 seconds that the app will loop like a GIF. When your friend receives it, they can ignore it, join or simply watch the said video. Users are also allowed to send voice notes or make an audio call by pressing on the phone icon.
Not in the mood to talk or make a visual appearance? Just tap the smiley icon and send a sticker from the 200 options added by Snapchat.
The greatest part of the upgrade is the new ability to be flexible. Switching from video to audio call and vice-versa is now possible, as well as sending pictures during any one of those calls.
Download the update and check these options for yourself. Be on the lookout for the new feature that auto-advances Stories – your stories will be played in a string, as you can still swipe to skip ahead or pull down to exit.
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