Snapchat Updated with Text Messaging and Live Video Calls

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    Ephemeral photo sharing service Snapchat has released a significant update to its iOS app today, which brings integration of a new "Chat" text messaging feature and "Here" live video chat feature.

    The app's new Chat feature allows a user to swipe right on a friend's name in the inbox to start text messaging, as messages in the chat screen disappear upon leaving the window. While in a conversation, users can also press and hold the blue photo button to pop in and out of live video chat, which uses a swipe up gesture to share video on the iPhone's front facing camera and a swipe gesture down to share video on the rear facing camera.

    Snapchat saw its last major update in October 2013, which brought a new "Snapchat Stories" news feed feature. The app has also been the subject of some controversy in the past few months, as a security breach last December compromised the user names and phone numbers of more than 4.6 million customers, while a vulnerability in February opened up the iPhone to denial-of-service attacks.

    Snapchat is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]

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  2. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    yey. so now its just like everything else. progress ftw!
     
  3. Dades macrumors member

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    Should have taken the money and run, you lunatics.

    w00t. One more generic messaging service.
     
  4. bushido Suspended

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    i got the video snap from their team but no update for me at the appstore so far. was a bit confused
     
  5. mikeyrko macrumors member

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    Same here
     
  6. DiscoMcDisco macrumors regular

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    Nothing so far in the UK update wise.

    And they really need to work on the Branding now... the interface etc is quite intuitive and easy to use, but it looks like crap lol
     
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    apparently its only for beta testers. the snap promoting it was sent out prematurely i guess
     
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    I don't use the Snapchat, but does this ruin the app?
     
  9. Mildredop macrumors 68000

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    Lunatics? How can you say that? We all know that these trendy apps last forever, with their popularity growing year after year. $3bn?! Pah! You'd be a lunatic to accept that tiny amount of cash.
     
  10. iPhone7s macrumors member

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    It wasn't sent out prematurely. It's being rolled out quite slowly. Some have it, some don't have it yet. App store issue rather than snapchat.
     
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    how does one "roll out" an app update on iOS to specific people though, once its approved shouldnt it be available at the appstore no matter what. its not like the app itself updates. i know you can roll out an update at different times for different countries but i dont think it works user dependent?
     
  12. iPhone7s, May 1, 2014
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    I assume it's just taking it's time to show up on the App Store in different locations or devices. Not many updates are publicly awaited so you normally wouldn't notice it not showing up straight away.

    https://twitter.com/snapchatsupport/status/461821257206743040
     
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    I'm not using any app that first invokes the battery-sucking camera even to get to the texting part. That's a big reason that Kik wins out for me.

    Should Snapchat make it so I can start with text, and switch to camera if I'd like to, then I might reconsider.
     
  15. Yamesnazareno macrumors newbie

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    You're supposed to double click the video message to upgrade. Not through the app store
     
  16. kolax macrumors G3

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    Promo video was a disappointment. I expected nudity.
     
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    i know but that brings me to the app store with no update in sight
     
  18. DarkCole macrumors regular

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    I wasn't seeing it for awhile too, but it's out now. :D
     
  19. rapicell macrumors regular

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    Adding video chat and messaging ruins the entire point of the app, which was "A snapshot or video of the moment"

    While you of course don't have to use the new features, they've still turned themselves into everyone else =\
     
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    This will totally be used for serious things. Never for salacious purposes.
     

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