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Snapchat Launches its Beta Test Version in Eight New Languages

While Snapchat lost users because of its much reviled redesign, the company stressed that it ultimately resulted in 30 per cent more people watching its exclusive stories and shows

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In its efforts to reach more users, photo-messaging app Snapchat has launched a beta test version in eight new languages, five of which are Indian, the media reported on Wednesday.

The new languages being tested are Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Malay, Vietnamese and Filipino, evidently focusing on the Indian market.

The turn of events is interesting after Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, in April 2017, infamously said that “poor countries” like India and Spain were of no interest to him for business expansion.

“This is our first Beta containing eight new languages! If you’re fluent in any languages listed below, try changing your device language to check them out,” web portal Social Media Today quoted Snapchat as saying on the beta description.

The company has urged beta testers to report issues with screenshots to help make the launch of these languages “awesome”.

The official release date of the new languages support, however, remains unclear.

It is also not known whether the beta is being tested by Android users, iOS users or both.

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An image of the Snapchat logo created with Post-it notes is seen in lower Manhattan, New York, May 18, 2016. VOA

A 2017 Google report suggested that India would have nearly 536 million internet users accessing content in languages other than English by 2021.

“India, the second most populated nation on Earth behind China and the second biggest smartphone market in the world, has become a key growth region of focus for social media apps in recent times, with Facebook now serving more users in the country than in the US.

“India is also the second biggest market, in terms of users, for both Instagram and LinkedIn. It then makes sense that Snapchat looks to make India a bigger focus,” the report said.

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In October 2018, Snapchat hired Raheel Khursheed, former head of news partnerships and government for Twitter India, as its first executive to head operations in the country.

In February, the photo-messaging app claimed that it had added 186 million daily users in the final three months of 2018, ending a streak of two consecutive quarters of declining users.

While Snapchat lost users because of its much reviled redesign, the company stressed that it ultimately resulted in 30 per cent more people watching its exclusive stories and shows, the media reported. (IANS)

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Photo-Messaging App Snapchat To Launch In-App Gaming Platform

Speculations sparked about the launch of the long-rumoured platform because Snapchat's event invitation includes a tagline "Less Talk. More Play", Cheddar reported on Friday. 

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The in-app gaming space would feature games from third-party developers designed specifically to work on Snapchat. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat is planning to announce its in-app gaming platform codenamed “Project Cognac” during its first-ever summit for content and developer partners on April 4 in Los Angeles.

Speculations sparked about the launch of the long-rumoured platform because Snapchat’s event invitation includes a tagline “Less Talk. More Play”, Cheddar reported on Friday.

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Games are becoming a new source of revenue for social networking giants. After YouTube, Facebook has also started rolling-out a dedicated gaming tab as part of the app’s main navigation.
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The in-app gaming space would feature games from third-party developers designed specifically to work on Snapchat.

To kick start its venture in the gaming space, Snapchat acquired for $8.6 million an Australian gaming studio called Prettygreat — one of whose employees was behind hit mobile games like “Fruit Ninja” and “Jetpack Joyride”.

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The in-app gaming space would feature games from third-party developers designed specifically to work on Snapchat. Pixabay

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In 2018, Snapchat added its own lightweight, Augmented Reality (AR) games in the app. In 2017, Chinese tech giant Tencent acquired roughly 10 per cent of Snapchat’s publicly traded shares.

Games are becoming a new source of revenue for social networking giants. After YouTube, Facebook has also started rolling-out a dedicated gaming tab as part of the app’s main navigation. (IANS)