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!
You can grab the latest version of Snapchat from the iOS or Play store.