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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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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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WhatsApp Dark Mode Rolling Out for Beta Testers on Android

Last week, WhatsApp added a new privacy setting, which will let users decide whether they want to join a group on the messaging platform or not

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Website WaBetaInfo, which follows developments with the beta version of the app on Wednesday revealed that WhatsApp has started rolling out dark mode to users of its beta version for Android app.

Those who are using the beta version of the company’s Android app, can now download the version 2.20.13 of the app on their smartphones to get hands on the feature.

One can follow this path to enable dark theme on the app: Settings > Chats > Display > Theme > Dark Theme.

Along with the “Dark” option, one will reportedly see the “Light” option that is the normal theme, another will be “Set by battery saver” which is expected to automatically switch to light/dark theme and one may also see an option of “System default” which identifies the theme of your smartphone and sets the app’s theme accordingly.

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

Additionally, the iOS dark theme is also nearly set for release.

WhatsApp is also testing a new beta update for iOS users which would bring features like hide muted status update, splash screen and app badge improvements, among others.

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WhatsApp’s new splash screen would essentially let users see the WhatsApp logo whenever they open the app on their iPhones. This is also available on the Android beta app.

Last week, WhatsApp added a new privacy setting, which will let users decide whether they want to join a group on the messaging platform or not. (IANS)