snapchatSnapchat today released an update adding video taking capabilities to its popular real-time picture taking app.

With Snapchat, users can take temporary photos and share them with friends. The photos expire after a set amount of time, up to 10 seconds, and are auto-deleted. Taking a screenshot alerts the picture sender, keeping photos private.

With the new 4.0.0 version of the app, video has been included. Up to 10 seconds of video can be recorded, with the same general rules. A video can only be watched once, and then it will be deleted.

Along with video, the update adds iPhone 5 support, speed improvements, and additional privacy settings.

-Updated for iPhone 5
-Press and Hold Camera Button for VIDEO!
-Tilt iDevice for Landscape Captions
-Fullscreen Preview
-New Settings: Control Who Can Send You Snaps
-Improved Group Send
-Integration with Address Book
-Fixed Focal Length on Camera Preview
-Faster Capture and Send
-Additional Bug Fixes & Improvements

Snapchat has become a hit in the year since its release, with more than 50 million photos shared every day. In comparison, Instagram users share five million photos a day.

Just last week, Snapchat closed a round of funding, raising more than $8 million, according to TechCrunch, setting its valuation at approximately $50 million.

Snapchat is a free download on the App Store for the iPhone. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

ArtOfWarfare Avatar
123 months ago
Maybe my head is just stuck in a gutter, but I can't think of any clean reason you would want to send someone a picture that will disappear moments after you send it...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CodexMonkey Avatar
123 months ago
I should have gotten a screen grab of it while it was there! It's not every day you see someone doing that to a Pony!

Not EVERY day, no. Of course not.

Thursday is 'Goat Day'!!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CodexMonkey Avatar
123 months ago
Maybe my head is just stuck in a gutter, but I can't think of any clean reason you would want to send someone a picture that will disappear moments after you send it...

You’re not wrong. I mean, just take a look at what I’m doing with this Shetland Pony in the photo below...



Oh, it’s gone. :o
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coder12 Avatar
123 months ago
You’re not wrong. I mean, just take a look at what I’m doing with this Shetland Pony in the photo below...



Oh, it’s gone. :o

I should have gotten a screen grab of it while it was there! It's not every day you see someone doing that to a Pony!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
charlieegan3 Avatar
123 months ago
Maybe my head is just stuck in a gutter, but I can't think of any clean reason you would want to send someone a picture that will disappear moments after you send it...
'safe sexting'?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9743082/Instagram-backer-may-invest-in-sexting-app-Snapchat.html

That's the only use I can see - crazy if you ask my though.

This thing seems to be getting an insane amount of traffic.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flydude.nick Avatar
123 months ago
I'm in high school and this is not a sexing app. It's easy to laugh and say it is because it seems like it would be. It's more fun to snap than text.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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