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Snapchat Releases its Rebuilt App for Android Users

Snapchat announced the roll-out of the new Android version via Twitter with the hashtag — #SnapForAndroid and a picture of the ‘Snapchat Ghost’ smiling at the Android robot

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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

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has finally released its rebuilt app for Android users in a bid to bring performance for the Android version up to par with the iOS version.

The redesign does not implement any major changes in the user interface (UI) or navigation on Snapchat, but the new version is expected to be much faster than the old version with lesser bugs, The Verge reported on Monday.

The new app is designed to factor in things like the huge Android ecosystem, with its wide breadth of hardware – particularly for cameras and processors, that means that different phones can have widely differing capabilities.

Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch more "Lenses" that will react to sounds over the coming weeks.
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“With this new foundation I wouldn’t be surprised if you actually see things starting to come to Android even before iOS sometimes,” the report quoted Snapchat’s Vice President of Product, Jacob Andreou as saying.

The company had been working on this new version for Android users since the beginning of 2018.

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The company first tried to simply patch its way out of the issues with the old app, but eventually realised that it would have to rewrite the Android version from scratch to achieve the results the company wanted, the report said.

Snapchat announced the roll-out of the new Android version via Twitter with the hashtag — #SnapForAndroid and a picture of the ‘Snapchat Ghost’ smiling at the Android robot. (IANS)

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Snapchat Testing New Feature to Let Users Binge-Watch Original Content on Its App

Currently, the short original clips are integrated into the 'Discover' section of Snapchat

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For Snapchat's 'Creators Shows', celebrities and influencers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serena Williams and Kevin Hart record short videos that are monetised and displayed inside the app as short-form. Published

In a bid to compete with content-streaming players like Netflix and YouTube, photo-messaging app Snapchat is testing a new feature to let users binge-watch original content on its app, Metro.co.uk reported on Monday.

For Snapchat’s ‘Creators Shows’, celebrities and influencers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serena Williams and Kevin Hart record short videos that are monetised and displayed inside the app as short-form, vertically-oriented original videos.

Currently, the short original clips are integrated into the ‘Discover’ section of Snapchat, But the company now is planning to let users swipe over from the Discover page into a dedicated ‘Shows’ section, the report said.

The design of the new section would have a grid layout that would include users’ subscribed and recently watched shows.

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In a bid to compete with content-streaming players like Netflix and YouTube, photo-messaging app Snapchat is testing a new feature to let users binge-watch original content on its app. Pixabay

Without divulging further details, a Snapchat spokesperson confirmed that the company was indeed testing the feature, the report added.

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Earlier in April, Snapchat had revealed its plans of pushing original content on its app as part of its immediate plans. (IANS)