Snapchat continues to update its features and chat interactions this week with a new roll-out designed to make chatting and video-sessions more fluid.
The company is releasing CHAT 2.0 for both iOS and Android, and the update adds more functionality to video-chats, texts and stories.
The company announced the new update today stating, “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.” Snapchat continued, “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.”
With Chat 2.0 a simple chat-session can quickly switch to video or instant-chat when you’re friend goes online.
“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,” the company explained.
The new update also adds stickers to the chat-arsenal, one of the most requested features from fans of the social-media service.
“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,” the announcement reads. “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.”
If you frequent Snapchat stories you will notice the new Auto-Advance Stories feature. The update will begin the next story the moment you finish the current one, making it faster to catch-up on what your favorite users have been up to. You can skip ahead or exit the story by “pulling down” to make navigation much easier.