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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Working on Snapchat-like Camera Feature

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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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Ahead of ‘Shazam’, Snapchat’s New AR Lens is Here

In May 2018, the app launched a new set of Lens that could respond to video as well as audio cues

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Ahead of the release of a Warner Bros. feature film “Shazam”, photo-messaging app Snapchat has created a voice-activated Augmented Reality (AR) Lens to back the movie.

Users are allowed to access the new Lens either by scanning the Snapcode on “Shazam” movie posters or by saying “OK, Shazam”, Social Media Today reported on Friday.

“Adding new elements to Lenses makes sense — Snapchat has previously reported that a third of its 186 million daily active users ‘play with Lenses every day’, which would currently equate to some 62 million users,” the report said.

Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch more "Lenses" that will react to sounds over the coming weeks.
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In May 2018, the app launched a new set of Lens that could respond to video as well as audio cues.

In August, Snapchat released a new range of Lenses triggered by different spoken terms like “hi”, “love”, “yes”, “no” and “wow”.

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Enabling brands to tap into this, and maximise exposure through as many creative options as possible, is another way that Snapchat can grow its business appeal and capitalise on the popularity of the app, especially with younger users, the report added. (IANS)