Snapchat has announced a new feature called Snap Map, which gives you an overview of where your friends are on a map as well as what they’re up to.
With major messaging apps ceaselessly mimicking Snapchat and its interface, the company has been trying its best to differentiate its image messaging app by introducing unique features. Snap Map is one of those, and it could change the way we make plans and hang out with friends. For quite some time, social media networks like Facebook have tried (and failed) to create a useful and convenient way to share what you’re doing and where you’re doing it so that your friends may have the option to join you. For instance, Facebook’s “Nearby Friends” feature never really took off.
Well, Snapchat is hoping that its latest Snap Map might be a different story. It’s pretty straightforward: simply pinch to zoom out, and you have your Map. You can share your location with friends or keep it to yourself in Ghost Mode. On the Map, you’ll see Actionmoji of your friends who have shared their locations, which you can tap to see their Stories. Whether it’s a music festival or a BBQ party, the idea is that you’ll be able to see what your friends are up to nearby and join them if you’re looking for something to do.
As shown in the video above, the Map contains not only your local area but the entire world although it’s a little awkward that there’s no one using the feature from the African continent and India, given the alleged remark by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
The new feature is rolling out now on Android, so head to the link below to grab the latest Snapchat update.
May 23: Snapchat is rolling out a new feature for users that’s an expansion of its popular Stories. This new addition will allow users to create custom Stories with their friends, based around a shared event or location. You can not only add friends as contributors to these Stories, you can also choose who can view it. This is certainly going to be a welcome feature for hardcore Snapchat users. In addition, there’s also a way to Geofence the communal Story, which we’re assuming means you’ll only be able to see it if you’re in the predetermined place.
May 9: The new “Limitless Snaps” options will let you send Snaps that don’t expire after ten seconds or less. When you receive a limitless Snap, you can view it for as long as you’d like, then close it when you’re done. After you close the Snap, the image will delete as usual. There’s also a new Loop tool for videos. This lets you decide if your Snap plays just once or loops until the recipient is ready to tap to the next Snap. Lastly, the new Magic Eraser tool allows you to censor a certain part of an area on your photo. This new tool can be found under the Scissor tool option.
World Lenses arrive
April 18: World Lenses let you add augmented reality-powered 3D lenses to the world around you. Just fire up the camera screen in the Snapchat app and make sure your rear-facing camera is activated. You can then add a cloud, a rainbow, flowers, a floating ‘OMG’ sign, and more. These are just a few of the objects you can add at the moment; Snap says the lineup will change daily.
Bitmoji widgets on your home screen
March 15: Snap Inc. has just released a new update for Android and iOS that introduces a much easier way to chat with your friends. If you’re the kind of user who chats with a handful of people on a regular basis through Snapchat, now you won’t have to go digging through your entire friend list to start up a new chat. After installing the new update, you’ll be able to select your favorite/most-contacted friends and add Bitmoji widgets to your home screen for quick access to that person.
Snapchat beta brings bundled notifications
February 6:In the latest Snapchat update, beta version 10.1.3.0, Snap Inc. has added bundled notifications to the app, making the Snapchat notification area more useful. Notification bundles rolled out as a feature of Android 7.0 Nougat and allow developers to make their notifications collapse when more are added to the notification area. These notifications can be expanded when you tap on them to reveal more detailed information about each individual message, like when it was sent and by whom.
New search bar
January 26: Snap Inc. has added a new search bar intended to make finding friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories, easier. The interface has been refreshed and is now more colorful and easier to navigate.
December 14: Though it was previously limited to one-on-one conversations, Snapchat now allows for up to 16 people to take part in group chats, as of version 220.127.116.11. Like with a regular Snapchat message, group Snaps can be opened once and played once before they are deleted and will remain available in the group for 24 hours after being sent. The new interface also allows you to tap another members’ names to jump into an individual conversation with them.