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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

San Francisco, Dec 28, 2017: Popular photo-sharing platform Snapchat is working on extending the reach of its “Stories” feature on the web as it also continues to test a major redesign of its Android and iOS apps, reports say.

“Snapchat is developing a new product called ‘Stories Everywhere’ with a goal of making ‘Stories’ available outside the app for the first time and kick-starting the app’s stagnant user growth,” technology website Cheddar reported late Wednesday.

The company is also likely to makes it easier to share videos on other platforms through a web player that prompts people to sign up and download the app, the report added.

Meanwhile, Snap Inc. — the parent company of Snapchat has hired Rahul Chopra — the former Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Video at News Corp and also the CEO of social data agency Storyful to lead the project.

“Stories” allows the user to string together pictures and videos taken throughout the day.

Similar to social media giant Facebook’s “timeline”, this feature is public for all friends on the platform.

Snapchat is expected to overtake Facebook for the first time in the US as the user growth of the latter is set to slow among teenagers and adults, a report by market research firm eMarketer said recently.

The app currently has 166 million users globally. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls Out Reverse-chronological Timeline Option For Android

The optional feature was first brought back to iOS users earlier in December and is yet to be released for web

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Micro-blogging platform Twitter has rolled out the reverse-chronological timeline for Android smartphone users that would enable them to switch to the timeline view of their choice.

“Like on iOS, Android users can now switch between seeing top tweets and the latest tweets first by tapping the sparkle icon on the top right corner of the app,” The Verge reported on Tuesday.

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This was Twitter’s traditional timeline-viewing choice for users until four years ago when it decided to switch to an algorithm-based viewing, in an attempt to experiment with how best to display feeds to users on its platform.

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The feature was long-awaited by users who preferred to use Twitter for its original function of keeping up with live events in real time, the report added.

The optional feature was first brought back to iOS users earlier in December and is yet to be released for web.  (IANS)