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Snapchat goes after TikTok with new Spotlight feature

Snapchat has perfected ephemeral videos and messaging. Now, the social media company is branching out with a new TikTok-style feature known as Spotlight. The feature will allow Snapchat users to create short videos that can be discovered across the platform. Think of it as Snapchat’s version of TikTok or even Instagram’s recent Reels feature. These types...

Snap is testing a TikTok-style vertical swipe navigation for exploring content on Snapchat Discover

Snapchat was launched in circa 2012 with the objective of communicating a full range of emotions through images. May years later, it has a range of features built around conversations originating from visual imagery. Although Snapchat has always been counted among the top social media apps with approximately 230 million daily active users across the...

Google Photos temporarily disables image backups from Facebook, WhatsApp, and other messaging apps by default

Last week, we discovered that Google was preparing to disable Google Photos backups for a number of social media/messaging apps. The app's strings explicitly mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason, stating that "in an effort to conserve internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off" for messaging apps. Today, that change is officially...

Snap credits the Snapchat for Android revamp for its recent success

Historically, Snapchat has always had a less-than-stellar relationship with Android. While the iOS version of the app has always worked flawlessly on Apple's platform, the Android version of the app has normally been considered the complete opposite, with the app normally regarded as being slow and laggy as well as a constant battery hog that...

Here’s why a bunch of Google services went down on Sunday

Last Sunday, Google's cloud services suffered an outage which resulted in downtime lasting several hours. Services such as Google Cloud Platform, YouTube, Gmail, Google Drive, and others all were affected in certain parts of the US. Not only that, third-party services that use Google Cloud Platform were affected too, such as Snapchat, iCloud, and more....

Snap employees allegedly abused data access to spy on Snapchat users

The basic premise behind Snapchat is simple. You send a video or picture and, once the user opens it, it disappears, never to be seen again. Pretty easy concept to grasp, right? The Android app has even had somewhat of a renaissance in recent times with an entirely remade app launched back in April. Well, Snapchat...

Snapchat’s faster, redesigned Android app is now available

Android users and Snapchat have had a rocky relationship ever since it exploded onto the scene over 5 years ago. The app has always worked better on iOS devices, leaving Android users feeling neglected with a slow, poorly optimized experience. Snap Inc has promised to fix the Android app for years, but we finally saw...

Snapchat’s redesigned, faster Android app will roll out by the end the year

Snapchat is one of those applications which, without a doubt, runs much better on the iOS platform. The reasoning behind this has been unknown for many years, as Android's market share and developer communities are obviously much larger than Apple's. But, after years of begging and complaining, Snapchat finally decided to change the situation for...

You can enable Snapchat Alpha by going to Bermuda in SnapMap

Snapchat Alpha has been around for a while now. It comes with a refreshed UI that has been optimized for speed. This used to be accessible for rooted users but then was opened up to beta testers in the last beta. Now, Snapchat has changed the way you sign up for the beta: you open SnapMap...

Snapchat’s new, faster Alpha redesign rolling out for some users

Last month, we discovered Snapchat's new Alpha redesign. It's a revamped version of the app that's focused on improving performance on Android. The only way to test the new version of the app was to use a few root-enabled commands to force the app to show the user interface. However, Snap has started to allow...

Snapchat’s latest update adds SnapMap in the hidden Alpha redesign

A couple weeks ago we found out how to enable the new Snapchat Alpha redesign within the beta APK. This redesign is part of the new Snapchat update that Snap has been working on to make the app faster on Android. The update was still missing a few features like SnapMap and SnapCodes, though the latest...

How to enable the new, faster Snapchat Alpha [Root]

Snapchat, one of the most widely used social platforms in the world, is preparing to launch a new, faster version of its Android application. In February of last year, the company's executives internally committed to bettering the experience for Android users. In November, the company made its intentions public: Snapchat will be rebuilt from the...