Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reportedly rolled out its first “Lens” that reacts to sound.
“It’s a cute animal mask overlay for your face, with ears that pulse and glow, and eyes that move based on the sounds it hears. Snapchat says it’s just the first of many,” Engadget reported late Monday.
Snapchat’s “Lenses” is one of its “face filters” feature that comes with two options, “Face Lenses” and “World Lenses”.
“Face Lenses” allows the users to turn into something different along with voice changes. On the other hand, “World Lenses” lets the users recreate and reimagine the surroundings around them and lets them bring characters to life.
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.
Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch more “Lenses” that will react to sounds over the coming weeks. (IANS)
Micro-blogging site Twitter has reportedly been developing a “News Camera” functionality that would allow users to add captions to photos, videos and live broadcasts – Snapchat-style.
“Twitter’s new Snapchat-style camera, codenamed ‘News Camera’ is coming soon! Posts created by the ‘News Camera’ will be called ‘Moments’,” tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted on Friday.
The micro-blogging site removed its original “Moments” feature from its Android and iOS apps in October 2018.
As tested, users would have to swipe left from the home screen of the app to launch the “News Camera” feature on Twitter.
“I can confirm that we’re working on an easier way to share thing like images and videos on Twitter. What you’re seeing is in mid-development so it’s tough to comment on what things will look like in the final stage. The team is still actively working on what we’ll actually end up shipping,” CNET quoted a Twitter spokesperson as saying.
Twitter seems to have been testing the new feature on iOS first.
“Twitter has been particularly careful about not leaking ‘News Camera’ on Android, but someone else on iOS have access to the feature,” Wong said.
The public availability of the “News Camera” feature – that was spotted earlier in February by social media consultant Matt Navarra – remains unknown.
According to CNET, Navarra also noted other potential new features, including a (darker) dark mode, encrypted direct messages, an automatic night mode, a way to undock the composition button, redesigned side menu and a way to react with GIFs among others.
Recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey nodded to the possibility of rolling-out the long overdue and much awaited edit feature to enable users to alter their posts within 10 minutes of posting. (IANS)