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]

Top Rated Comments

mikeyrko Avatar
101 months ago
i got the video snap from their team but no update for me at the appstore so far. was a bit confused

Same here
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roadbloc Avatar
101 months ago
yey. so now its just like everything else. progress ftw!
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bushido Avatar
101 months ago
You're supposed to double click the video message to upgrade. Not through the app store

i know but that brings me to the app store with no update in sight
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kolax Avatar
101 months ago
Promo video was a disappointment. I expected nudity.
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DiscoMcDisco Avatar
101 months ago
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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bushido Avatar
101 months ago
i got the video snap from their team but no update for me at the appstore so far. was a bit confused
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