standard Snapchat announces Chat Overhaul, With voice/video calls, GIF messages and much much more

In the latest update to the ultra-popular social service, Snapchat; the company introduced something they’re calling Chat 2.0 which brings a slew of new features to the social chatting options within the app. The new features include the ability to switch seamlessly between voice, audio, and text chats; while also giving users the option to leave a short looping video message if the other user doesn’t pick up.

Users can also share photos (or more importantly GIFs) directly from their camera roll mid-chat, along with live hyperlinks to share webpages. Snapchat have also tweaked the stories end of the app, where stories will now “Auto-advance” to the next friends story while you sit back and watch.

When we first launched Chat, our goal was to emulate the best parts of face-to-face conversation. Chat 1.0 was all about the joys of being here — when most apps told you when your friend was typing, Chat let you know that your friend was listening. Two years later, we’ve learned a ton about how people talk, but our goal remains unchanged. We want Chat to be the best way to communicate — second only to hanging out face-to-face.

Today, we’re excited to introduce Chat 2.0. You can start by sending a few chats, and when your friend shows up, start talking or video chatting instantly with one tap. Your friend can simply listen if you want to sing them a song, or watch if you have a new puppy to show them. If they aren’t there, you can quickly send an audio note to say what you mean. And sometimes, a sticker says it best :)

What we love most about the new Chat is how easily you can transition between all these ways of communicating — just like you do in person. When that’s possible, you aren’t texting, calling, or video chatting… you’re just talking. We’ve been working on this redesign for a while — we can’t wait to hear what you think!

We’re also introducing Auto-Advance Stories, the fastest way to catch up with your friends. When you finish a Story, the next one begins automatically — simply swipe to skip ahead, or pull down to exit!

Lastly, we’re refreshing our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, making some things clearer, and building foundations for awesome new products to come. Check out our new Privacy Center for more on that!

Happy Snapping!

Team Snapchat

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