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.”

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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