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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.
Snapchat. IANS

“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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We Fact-checks All Political Ads, Claims Snapchat

According to experts, the onus is now on Facebook to take action which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads

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Snapchat in a Smartphone. IANS

While Facebook faces the ire over presence of misleading and fake political ads on its platform, Snapchat has said it fact-checks all political ads and does not allow misinformation to sneak through its platform.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said the company subjects all advertising to review, including political advertising.

“What we try to do is create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters, we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising,” Spiegel told CNBC on Monday.

Facebook recently allowed US President Donald Trump’s campaign office to post a fake ad about Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden on its platform.

Snapchat Logo. VOA

Snapchat’s comment on political ads came after Twitter on November 15 officially banned all kinds of political ads from its platform.

No political content will be promoted from candidates, parties, governments or officials, public accounts committees (PACs) and certain political non-profit groups, said Twitter.

“Twitter globally prohibits the promotion of political content. We have made this decision based on our belief that political message reach should be earned, not bought,” the micro-blogging platform said on Friday.

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On October 31, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had tweeted: “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics.”

According to experts, the onus is now on Facebook to take action which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads. (IANS)