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  • Vendor: Snapchat Inc
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Snapchat is a popular multi-platform mobile photo messaging app that lets users send self-destructing pictures which vanish after a few seconds. The app first launched in iOS in 2011 as a simple way to share photos without sending them permanently. The following year Snapchat came to Android, and in 2014 it expanded beyond photo sharing with new features such as text chat and video calling — all without a permanent message history. According to the company, Snapchat's users were sharing some 700 million photos and videos per day as of May 2014.

Because of its focus on sending vanishing photos, Snapchat has become known in part as an app for 'sexting,' leading to concerns when when the service has become embroiled in privacy issues, as happened in May 2014.

Despite having reportedly received acquisition offers of $3 billion and $4 billion from Facebook and Google respectively, Snapchat remains an independent company. And in mid-2014 the company showed signs of wanting to branch out into other areas, introducing location-tagging in an update in June, followed by rumors of a mobile payment service weeks later.

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Snapchat adds support for adding Bitmoji in chat or photos

Snapchat adds support for adding Bitmoji in chat or photos

Snapchat has announced a new partnership with Bitmoji that will allow users of the popular personalized emoji app to use it in chats or images in Snapchat. Snapchat also confirmed today previous rumors that it has acquired Bitstrips, the company behind Bitmoji. Its official blog revealed the...
How to save and screenshot Snapchat Snaps on Android

How to save and screenshot Snapchat Snaps on Android

How do I save my Snapchat snaps? This is how. (And it's about to get even easier.) Snapchat has become a social media art form, so it's no surprise that people want to preserve their Snapchat artistry. Saving your snaps is a lot easier than you may think, so here's how to capture and save your...
Snapchat Memories makes it easier to keep your favorite pictures and videos forever

Snapchat Memories makes it easier to keep your favorite pictures and videos forever

Snapchat has introduced Memories, a searchable archive of your past posts. The images will be kept in a camera roll-style screen found just below the Camera screen, allowing you to quickly and easily find what you are looking for. In an effort to keep things from unwanted eyes, Snapchat will...
How to use Snapchat on Android

How to use Snapchat on Android

How do I use Snapchat on my Android phone? The idea of Snapchat was first conceived in 2011 when founder Evan Spiegel was having a conversation with his friend Reggie Brown. Brown explained to Spiegel that even though he was enjoying exchanging messages with a girl, he wished all the photos he...
Snapchat will fill the gap between your friends stories with ads

Snapchat will fill the gap between your friends' stories with ads

As part of a new push to further monetize Snapchat, users will soon start seeing video ads in between their friends' stories. The move comes as Snapchat is releasing an advertising API, making it easier for marketers to buy ads on the platform through third parties. Reports Adweek: This...
Snapchat overhauls Discover and now lets you subscribe to channels

Snapchat overhauls Discover and now lets you subscribe to channels

Snapchat has received a bit of a facelift in its latest update — at least for the app's Discovery page. After updating, you'll notice that the Discover section no longer simply lists each publisher on a grid of nondescript circles. Rather, the Discovery section now shows headlines and images...
Snapchat's new stickers let you add some extra pep to your selfies

Snapchat's new stickers let you add some extra pep to your selfies

Everyone's favorite ephemeral messaging app, Snapchat, has received a small, but pretty nifty, update that brings its chat 2.0 stickers to your Snaps. After you update to the latest version of Snapchat, you'll be able to add a whole slew of new stickers to your snaps, ranging from gold stars and...
It's not just you: Snapchat is down for some

It's not just you: Snapchat is down for some [Update: all clear!]

Update: Everything looks to be in the clear, folks. Feel free to Snap to your heart's content. If you're experiencing some hiccups using Snapchat this evening, it's not just you. Snapchat's support account confirmed on Twitter that some users are running into issues with the app, and the...
Snapchat's new chat experience centers on audio, video, and stickers

Snapchat's new chat experience centers on audio, video, and stickers

Snapchat is introducing a new, more robust Chat experience, one that makes it easier to connect with your friends both with audio and video, and which aims to allow conversations to flow more organically. This update also allows you to send stickers in a chat, giving you a wider range of ways to...
Snapchat reportedly acquires Bitstrips for around $100 million

Snapchat reportedly acquires Bitstrips for around $100 million

Snapchat has reportedly agreed to acquire Bitstrips, the company behind the popular Bitmoji mobile app. The news, which has yet to be confirmed by either company, comes from Fortune: Snapchat has agreed to acquire Bitstrips, the Toronto-based maker of personalized emojis known as bitmojis,...
Snapchat now lets users create location-based filters on-demand

Snapchat now lets users create location-based filters on-demand

Snapchat is expanding its geofilters, letting anyone create a location-based filter on-demand. Originally created for public spaces and events, users can now make geofilters, which offer custom photo filter designs which appear in Snapchat based on a location, for their businesses, parties, and...
Snapchat now lets you share your profile with just a link

Snapchat now lets you share your profile with just a link

With its latest update, popular messaging service Snapchat has added a new feature that gives you a new way to add friends. You can now create and share a link with your friends online so they can add you to Snapchat directly. You can generate this link as a substitute for using your Snapcode...

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