Snapchat Stories May 20

At its Partner Summit today, Snap today announced a new pair of Spectacles with AR capabilities. Unlike the first three generations, these are not yet going on sale and aimed specifically for augmented reality development.

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Snapchat Stories April 26

After years of customers complaining that the Snapchat app on Android was inferior to the iOS version, the company rebuilt it from scratch as an “investment.” As it turns out, that investment has paid off in a big way, with the new Snapchat app leading to a huge boost in Android users.

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Snapchat Stories April 8, 2019

Snapchat announced today that, after months of work, the popular social app will start rolling out a brand new version of its Android app. In an effort to squash bugs, improve compatibility, and just be faster in general.

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Snapchat Stories October 24, 2018

Voter registration tool in Snapchat helped 400,000+ people get their vote

Snap says that the Snapchat app has helped 418,000 people register to vote in the upcoming midterms. Snap added a voter registration tool to the app last month …

Snapchat Stories September 24, 2018

Snapchat partners with Amazon for new ‘Visual Search’ shopping feature

Following Instagram’s announcement of new shopping features last week, Snapchat is joining the fun with a new partnership with Amazon. As announced in a blog post, the company is partnering with Amazon for a new Visual Search shopping feature.

Snapchat Stories August 8, 2018

Some Snapchat source code leaked on GitHub; removed after all-caps DCMA takedown notice

Some of Snapchat’s source code was posted on GitHub, apparently obtained when the company messed-up an update to the iOS app back in May …

Snapchat Stories August 3, 2018

Plastic surgery requests now driven by selfies; ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ a thing

The American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery says that the majority of clinicians have now seen patients whose desire for plastic surgery is driven by selfies … 

Snapchat Stories August 1, 2018

Snapchat now lets you use voice to control popular AR Lenses

Snapchat today continues to expand the feature-list for its popular lenses. As reported by TechCrunch, the company is rolling out new lenses that respond to voice commands, joining the existing catalog of lenses that respond to movements…

Snapchat Stories July 17, 2018

Google Cloud Platform outage brings down Spotify, Snapchat, and more [Update: Back]

Update: Third-party services started to come back online at 12:58PM, with Google reporting that all issues have been resolved as of 1:05PM.

Update 7/18: Google has issued a technical explanation for the issue that boils down to a bug in a new feature that wasn’t caught during testing.

The Google Cloud Platform is down this afternoon with the official status page noting outages for a handful of services. As a result, Spotify, Snapchat, and other companies that use Google as a backend are currently unavailable.

Snapchat Stories June 11, 2018

Snapchat messaging has always been ephemeral in nature with chat logs disappearing moments after being opened, but what about taking back messages that you regret sending before they’re opened? Now you can do that with Snapchat’s new clear chat feature! Snapchat is also making it easier to buy its photo and video capturing shades…

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Snapchat Stories May 30, 2018

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has continued to defend the unpopular redesign of the Snapchat app, despite the billion dollars it wiped off the company’s market value.

He has also taken the opportunity of speaking at Re/code’s Code conference to take a couple of digs at Facebook

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Snapchat Stories May 24, 2018

Snapchat rolling out new Send and Request location features aimed to be more privacy cautious

Snapchat is the original proprietor of the ephemeral sharing idea, before major players such as Instagram began copying its ideas. Looking to gain a leg up on competitors like Instagram, Snapchat is expanding its location sharing features..

Snapchat Stories May 14, 2018

Snapchat officially launches first set of non-skippable video ads

Last month, we reported that Snapchat was in the process of testing non-skippable advertisements. Now, the company has officially launched its first set of ads as part of that initiative…

Snapchat Stories April 26, 2018

Snap’s first attempt at Spectacles were rather an, uh, spectacular failure. The company lost $40M after ending up with hundreds of thousands of unsold units.

An FCC filing earlier this month showed that the company wasn’t giving up, however, with the company’s CEO confirming yesterday that it would be releasing a new model this week. That model has launched today with a number of enhancements …

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Snapchat Stories April 25, 2018

Following a controversial redesign, Snapchat is planning another change that is sure to irk some of its users. According to a report from Digiday, Snapchat is beginning to test non-skippable advertisements in its mobile application… expand full story

Spectacles 2 reportedly coming this week as Snapchat takes second shot at wearables

We heard rumblings about Snapchat releasing a new version of its Spectacles two weeks ago as an FCC filing revealed a few details. Now, a new Wired interview with Snap Inc. CEO, Evan Spiegel reveals that the company will release a new version of its Spectacles this week.

Snapchat update introduces Snappables — a new way to play fun AR games with your friends

Snapchat is continuing to build features on top of its signature selfie filters, and its newest addition may have you making crazy faces in public. Snappables are augmented reality-based games that let you compete with your friends uses Lenses.

Snapchat Stories April 17, 2018

Snapchat is updating its Lens Studio tool with the ability to create custom Face Lenses for the first time. Lens Studio previously offered the ability to create World Lenses, or AR effects applied to your environment, and now users can create custom selfie effects as well.

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Snapchat Stories April 12, 2018

Snap testing the ability to buy products by swiping up in Snapchat Discover

If you see something in Snapchat Discover you’d like to buy, doing so may soon be as simple as swiping up in the app.

The company is reportedly testing a new commerce feature which allows you to buy products from both Snap and third-party companies like Nike …

Snapchat Stories April 9, 2018

After Snapchat redesign complaints, app bringing back chronological feed for some

Snapchat’s big redesign earlier this year hasn’t gone over well with many users, with over a million of them petitioning for the company to revert to the original design. One high-profile objection even wiped more than a billion dollars off the company’s value …

Snapchat Stories March 28, 2018

Snapchat appears to be planning to allow more connected apps, third-party apps that have access to some or all of your Snapchat data …

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Snapchat Stories March 8, 2018

Snap reportedly planning its third and biggest round of layoffs

Snapchat developer Snap is reportedly planning a third round of layoffs, set to be its biggest yet, according to sources close to the company …

Snapchat Stories February 23, 2018

Snapchat owner Snap saw $1.3B wiped from its market value after reality TV star Kylie Jenner tweeted that she had stopped opening the app.

Jenner has 24.5M followers on Twitter, and was (and may still be) the most viewed person on Snapchat, but the tweet was likely only the indirect cause of the stock market plunge …

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Snapchat Stories February 19, 2018

How to restore the old Snapchat design on Android

If you’re a Snapchat user, you have probably already heard the public outcry over the latest redesign. While Snap Inc. won’t rollback the old design, there is a way for you to get it back if you’re on Android. Here’s how…

Snapchat Stories February 15, 2018

A petition calling on Snapchat to rollback its major redesign has now hit a million signatories, up from 600,000 in just a few days. A hoax tweet claiming that the company would abandon the design if retweeted 50,000 times has also attracted more than 1.5M retweets.

The redesign initially got a slow rollout, before being pushed to most users over the weekend, but it seems the company has no plans to respond to the call to reverse the changes …

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Snapchat Stories February 7, 2018

Snapchat has announced that users will be able to watch ‘live segments of key moments’ of the winter Olympics in South Korea from Saturday.

The firm says that it is aiming to complement rather than compete with TV coverage …

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Snapchat Stories February 6, 2018

How to use Snapchat’s new font and Do Not Disturb features on Android

As Snapchat continues to work on a redesign of its Android application, it is periodically adding new features. Two of the latest are new font tools and a Do Not Disturb feature. Here is how to use both on Android…

Snapchat is continuing its gradual rollout of a major app redesign. It is treading cautiously, with a widespread rollout of the the redesign limited to a handful of countries to date, perhaps mindful of the poor reviews it has been receiving.

In the US and elsewhere, Snapchat continues to drip-feed new features, with one quietly rolled out in the last few weeks and another on the way …

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Snapchat Stories January 11, 2018

British children’s watchdog wants parents to ban their kids from using ‘addictive’ Snapchat

The UK’s children’s commissioner – responsible for advising on policy on children and young people – is calling on parents to ban their children from using Snapchat

Snapchat Stories December 28, 2017

Snapchat allows you to create your own (editable) review of 2017

If you’ve been using the Memories feature in Snapchat, to keep your favorite photos safe, you can now view all the ones you saved this year in a look back at 2017 …

Snapchat Stories November 27, 2017

We’re expecting a major revamp of the Snapchat app to land early next month, but it seems the company isn’t holding back everything until then. It’s been quietly rolling out a feature that recognises (some of) the content in your photos, and suggests relevant borders and filters …

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Snapchat Stories November 7, 2017

Snap stock is plummeting following dismal Q3 earnings that revealed losses accelerating faster than revenue. To counteract this, CEO Evan Spiegel noted a number of changes, including developing a new version of its Android client “from the ground up.”

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Snapchat Stories October 24, 2017

Snapchat for Android now supports 60-second ‘multi-snap’ videos

Snapchat for Android is considered by many to be behind that of its iOS counterpart, and that’s unfortunately quite true. Thankfully, it’s been getting a lot better, and now, Snapchat’s Android app is picking up a useful feature from iOS.

Snapchat Stories October 19, 2017

Google advertising Pixel 2 with Snapchat lens and filter

With the official release of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, Google is going all out in its attempts to advertise the handsets. The company’s latest scheme is to promote the handset on Snapchat using a custom filter and lens…

Snapchat Stories October 10, 2017

Snapchat is partnering with several services including OpenTable and Lyft to launch something new called Context Cards. These location-based cards bring relevant information like business hours, reviews, contact information, and travel options to Snapchat.

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Snapchat Stories September 27, 2017

Google’s Made with Code and Snap launches ‘#MyFutureMe’ Geofilter challenge for teens

Back in 2014, Google launched the Made with Code initiative to encourage girls and young women to enter the computer sciences. Its latest project is a partnership with Snap Inc. and invites teens to submit Snapchat Geofilters, with the best ones being turned into a Lens.

Snapchat Stories September 25, 2017

Snapchat’s focus on augmented reality is continuing with its latest iOS app update. The company today announced a new feature called “Sky Filters” that uses augmented reality to paint the sky in your photo a totally different color…

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Snapchat Stories August 14, 2017

Snapchat Pokémon update lets you pose as Pikachu, Pokémon Go adds Mewtwo w/ Exclusive Raid Battles

The Pokémon Company International has teamed up with Snapchat to launch a new Pikachu Lens available now for a limited time, the company announced today. The Pokemon Go app is also getting an update with new features and characters.

Snapchat Stories August 4, 2017

A day after news surfaced that Google was interested in buying Snap last year, a new report notes that Google is developing a “Snapchat-like media content” format based on AMP. Working with several partners, it will allow publishers to create Discover-like visual content similar to Stories.

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Snapchat Stories July 24, 2017

Secure messaging app Telegram has borrowed a feature from SnapChat in the form of photos & videos that disappear after a time-out.

You can now set a self-destruct timer for any photos and videos you share in private chats. If you set a timer, the countdown starts the moment your recipient opens the photo or video you sent. After the time runs out, the photo/video will disappear forever, just like in Secret Chats.

Telegram checks photos & videos to see whether they are publicly-available ones …

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Snapchat Stories July 18, 2017

The latest update to Snapchat coming today brings two new features: Multi-Snap and Tint Brush. Multi-Snap lets you create up to a minute of video now by separately recording up to 10 seconds at a time, and Tint Brush is a new color editing feature for selecting and editing a specific part of a photo.

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Snapchat Stories July 5, 2017

Snapchat just got a pretty noteworthy update. And while the first bullet point in this update’s change log — on-demand geofilters — was introduced at the end of last month, a few of these features are entirely new. Among them are the ability to add links to your snaps, Backdrops, and Voice Filters.

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Snapchat Stories June 21, 2017

Snapchat is rolling out a new feature it calls Snap Map which lets you view Snaps by location and view Stories from around the world.

With the Snap Map, you can view Snaps of sporting events, celebrations, breaking news, and more from all across the world 🗺️

Snap’s new location feature even lets you share where you are with friends and follow their location as well.

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Snapchat Stories June 2, 2017

If you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive way to capture short First Person View (FPV) video footage of your adventures, Snap Spectacles are a decent buy. Originally sold only in the USA, they are now available in 14 European countries.

We were impressed when we reviewed them over on our sister site 9to5Mac 

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Snapchat Stories May 9, 2017

Snapchat is introducing new features in an update today including the option to create “limitless snaps” with a new “infinity” setting on the timer, a “Magic Eraser tool,” and a new “Loop tool.”

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Snapchat Stories April 18, 2017

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that includes new 3D World Lenses for the rear-facing camera. World Lenses are like the popular selfie Lenses introduced over a year ago, but with a dash of AR that makes sharing your environment with friends more fun.

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Snapchat Stories March 7, 2017

As it continues to play catch up to Snapchat, Instagram today updated its Stories feature with support for geostickers, a capability that Snapchat has supported for a while now and is arguably one of its most unique features.

At this point, Instagram’s geofilters aren’t nearly as widespread as Snapchat’s, but presumably that will change as time progresses…

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Snapchat Stories February 2, 2017

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Having just filed for IPO, Snap’s S1 document is full of insight about Snapchat usage and internal operation. In disclosing various risks, the company notes that the “vast majority” of Snapchat runs on Google Cloud, with a just signed $2 billion five year deal. Additionally, work to improve the app’s experience on Android is mentioned.

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