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New Snapchat update draws ire of over 6 lakh users

With the new changes, Snapchat Stories, which are videos and photos shared among users that vanish after one day, also now appear with individual Snaps and direct messages

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Earlier in April, Snapchat announced its "Lens Studio" software to allow users to create 2D and 3D Augmented Reality (AR)-based selfie lenses and unlock new filters created by other Snapchat users and artists. IANS
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Snapchat’s latest redesign, which was released last week, has not gone down well with many users.

This is evident from the fact that an online petition calling for the removal of the new update has attracted more than 6 lakh signatures.

The “Remove the new Snapchat update” petition, which is hosted on Change.org, was authored by Australian user Nic Rumsey, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The popular photo-sharing app’s latest redesign focused on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes.

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With the new changes, Snapchat Stories, which are videos and photos shared among users that vanish after one day, also now appear with individual Snaps and direct messages.

"This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update," petition says. VOA
“This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update,” the petition says. VOA

“Many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use but has, in fact, made many features more difficult,” the petition reads.

“There is a general level of annoyance among users and many have decided to use a VPN app to go back to the old Snapchat, as that’s how annoying this new update has become.

“This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update,” it says.

But the pleas and complaints may fall on deaf ears as the app’s parent firm Snap Inc appears to have no plans to reconsider the original design as of now.

“Updates as big as this one can take a little getting used to, but we hope the community will enjoy it once they settle in,” a Snap Inc spokeswoman was quoted as saying. (IANS)

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Snapchat Introduces Two New Features To Make The App More Interactive

Both the features have been released globally and would reach all users over the coming weeks

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Snapchat made more interactive with 2 new features. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has introduced two new features — “Friendship Profiles” and “Bitmoji Stories” in an attempt to make the app more interactive and fun.

With “Friendship Profiles”, Snapchat would hold content like images, videos, messages and links that users have saved in Chat with a friend or a group of friends, the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Each ‘Friendship Profile’ one will be unique, highlighting the most special moments you’ve shared and saved, showcasing relationship privately,” the post said.

Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch more "Lenses" that will react to sounds over the coming weeks.
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“Bitmoji Stories” are being introduced in English language only, as a new comic strip, starring Bitmoji avtaar of the Snapchatters themselves, with guest appearances from friends.

“Find new episodes of ‘Bitmoji Stories’ each week right in the ‘Discover feed’,” the post added.

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Both the features have been released globally and would reach all users over the coming weeks. (IANS)