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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'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...
Snapchat update brings video rewind filter to Android

Snapchat update brings video rewind filter to Android

Ephemeral messaging favorite Snapchat has received an update that brings the addition of the long-awaited Rewind filter to Android users. Snapchat originally added some fun filters to the app that let you speed up and slow down video snaps late in 2015. However, the Rewind filter, which was...
Snapchat adds paid replays and selfie lenses in latest update

Snapchat adds paid replays and selfie lenses in latest update

Heads up, avid Snapchatters: the ephemeral messaging service is getting some nifty new features in its latest update. Coming along for the ride in the latest version of Snapchat is the ability to buy extra replays, along with some fun "lenses" for all of your selfies. The biggest bit of news to...
Snapchat gives your finger a rest in latest update

Snapchat gives your finger a rest in latest update

Snapchatters, there are some big improvements coming to everyone's favorite ephemeral messaging app. Perhaps the biggest change hitting Snapchat is that users no longer have to hold their finger to the screen to view snaps — something people have been asking for for a while. Also included in...
Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content. Discover is different because...
You can now send money to your friends through Snapchat

You can now send money to your friends through Snapchat

Have you ever found yourself wishing you could instantly send cash to your friends with the same service you use to send ephemeral pictures? Well you're in luck because Snapchat has announced a new feature today called 'Snapcash.' The new service will allow you to instantly send money to your...
Snapchat is clamping down on third-party apps, threatens to lock accounts

Snapchat is clamping down on third-party apps, threatens to lock accounts

Snapchat has a had a rough few weeks in terms of security. People's photos were allegedly stolen and posted online recently through the use of a third-party apps. Those apps used reversed-engineered APIs to access the service, which creates a significant vulnerability in account security. Now,...

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