New Snapchat Features Include Chatting, Video Calls

Snapchat says the changes enhance chats


Starting today, fans of brief-messaging service Snapchat can use new Snapchat features.

snapchat logoSnapchat is adding options that will allow users to start a conversation with a single swipe across a friend’s name. Users can also initiate video chats and extended text chats. The new Snapchat features are meant to enhance communication between users. In a post on its blog, Snapchat wrote: “… until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting.”

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The updated Snapchat app opens straight to the camera. “It’s the fastest way to capture and share a moment on your smartphone,” Snapchat says.

Among the new Snapchat features, the app will notify users when a friend is in their chat. Users can also keep information after chats end. “When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!” Snapchat notes.

In January, hackers claimed to have breached Snapchat security, accessing data linked to 4.6 million accounts.

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