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Snapchat Launches New Water Resistant Spectacles for $150

Following a series of rumors, Snapchat today launched the latest version of its connected sunglasses, the Spectacles. The company says that the new pair of Spectacles have a smaller profile, so they’re slightly less bulky on the face than the original. Additionally, Snapchat is pitching the new Spectacles as a go-to summer accessory for its …

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Snapchat Launches 'Snappables' Augmented Reality Games That Can Be Played With Friends

Snapchat today announced the launch of Snappables, which are new Snapchat Lenses that are designed to allow Snapchat users to play augmented reality games with their friends. Interactive Snappable lenses are located right near other Snapchat Lenses in the Lens Carousel and can be accessed by tapping the icon on the left side of the …

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Snapchat's Spectacles 'Model 002' Appears in FCC Filing With Improved Wi-Fi and Hint at Redesign

Late last night the Federal Communications Commission published a new filing for a “wearable video camera” that was registered by Snap Inc and designated as “model 002.” The filing is believed to be for the rumored second iteration of Snapchat’s Spectacles device, with multiple snippets from the redacted documents specifically referencing the “Spectacles” brand. According …

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Snapchat Announces Group Video Chat for Up to 16 People and @ Mentions in Stories

Snapchat today announced that users on iOS and Android will soon be able to begin group video chats with up to 16 friends at once. The feature’s addition comes about two years after Snapchat first introduced video and voice chat in spring 2016. To start a group video chat, users will need to enter an …

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Snapchat Reportedly Doubling Down on Spectacles With Two New Versions in the Works

In late 2016, Snapchat launched its first consumer product with the Spectacles, a pair of glasses that came equipped with a small camera that could record video clips from a first-person perspective and upload them to a Story on the iOS and Android Snapchat app. Although the company ultimately took a $40 million loss on …

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Snapchat Launches 'Create Your Own Lens' Studio Within iOS App, Adds New Caption Styles for Snaps

Yesterday Snapchat announced its first-ever live television event coverage, aimed at key highlights coming out of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Today, the company is revealing an enhanced version of its custom Geofilters with a new paid “Create Your Own Lens” studio that lets users build and edit their own personalized selfie Lenses for major …

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Snapchat Announces Live Feature for Major Events Coverage, Starting With 2018 Winter Olympics

Snap Inc. today announced an all-new Live feature that will allow users of the iOS and Android apps to stream key snippets of major televised events, the first partner being NBCUniversal in time for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Beginning this Saturday, February 10, Snapchat users will see these live streams of the …

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Twitter 'Taking Cues' From Snapchat and Testing Update That Makes the Camera More Accessible

Twitter is “experimenting” with a new update to its mobile iOS and Android apps that is said to make it easier for users to share videos and photos on the social network. According to people familiar with the matter, speaking with Bloomberg, the update is still in an early testing phase and could “change significantly” …

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Snapchat Unveils Redesigned App Aimed at Separating Your Best Friends From Brand Content

Following an op-ed shared on Axios earlier this morning by CEO Evan Spiegel, Snapchat has now unveiled its radical redesign with the goal of creating a personalized user experience that’s easier to navigate, particularly for new users (via TechCrunch). The app’s update will start to roll out to iOS and Android users on Friday, and …

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Snapchat Debuts New Filters That Automatically Recognize Food, Concerts, Pets, Beaches, and Sports

Snapchat over the weekend quietly began launching a new intelligent image recognition feature in its app, first spotted by Mashable. The feature automatically recognizes certain objects and events when you snap a picture of them, and provides you with appropriate filters and borders for your images when you scroll through editing options. At launch, recognizable …

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Facebook Tests Yet Another Snapchat-Like Feature With Messenger 'Streaks'

Facebook is continuing its seemingly relentless trend of copying Snapchat with the testing of a new feature that plays on the latter’s chat streak challenge, which encourages users to “keep your streak going” when messaging friends. Facebook Messenger streaks include an emoji status to indicate friends that a user is currently in a streak with …

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Snapchat Gains Context Cards for Adding More Info to Snaps

Snapchat today introduced a new feature called Context Cards, designed to add more information and functionality to your Snaps. Context Cards offer quick access to options like location information, directions, reviews, and ride sharing services. Context Cards can be accessed by swiping up on any Snap that has a “More” option, with the info attached …

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Snapchat Gains Augmented Reality 'Sky Filters' for Adding Virtual Weather Effects to Photos

Snapchat is gaining a new feature called “Sky Filters,” which are able to detect the sky in an image and then layer different effects on top, much like Snapchat’s existing face-based filters. Snapchat told TechCrunch that the new filters are rolling out starting today on iOS an Android. Available filters will rotate on a daily …

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