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Snapchat 2.0 with AutoPlay

So i’m sure you are all aware by now that Snapchat has surprised us all by releasing a new update on Tuesday which adds a few new and possibly controversial features!

The main thing that the new update brings is an “Updated Chat” which snapchat has dubbed Chat 2.0, this apparently will make it easier for us to chat and video chat with our contacts.  Snapchat has said that the new chat 2.0 works when you “start by sending a few chats, and when your friend shows up, start talking or video chatting instantly with one tap” … not really sure why you would want to but snapchat has also added stickers just like on Facebook and WhatsApp so you can send giant emoji style stickers to annoy your friends too!

The most annoying / ground breaking feature that has been rolled out in this update is the “autoplay” feature on your friends stories, in a nutshell once the story you are watching finished, snapchat auto plays the next one down in your friends. If you want to skip the Story that just started playing, swipe to move ahead to the next one; and if you don’t want to watch any-more Stories at all, pull down to exit. Personally I find this feature annoying as firstly I don’t really want to watch everyone in my contacts list’s stories, I only watch interesting peoples and it also kind of feels like snapchat is gearing up to ad advertising stories right into the mix. finally it also makes it really difficult to tell who’s story you are watching!

For full details on the new update or if you just like reading official press releases, its available on Snapchat’s Blog

Do you like the new update? let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Snapchat now allows background music!

Snapchat UpdateSnapchat have released another update today which is set to change the game for the better (or worse depending on your viewpoint)

The update will allow users to play music from their devices while recording their snap, meaning that you can sing, dance or just make funny faces to all your music from iTunes. The update also includes “Bug Fixes” which are apparently going to make snapchat faster – but I wouldn’t have exactly said it was the slowest of my app’s to start with!

The update could prove to be much bigger than anyone at snapchat may have expected, as it gives your friends much more options to be creative with their snaps. It will also give some of your friends to share their terrible taste in music and awful lip syncing abilities. Previously, as soon as you hit that record button, any music playing would automatically stop.

This is still the case with other social apps like Instagram and Vine, who now it appears have some catching up to do.

This is the first major update since Snapchat announced that they believe their worth will raise up to $19 billion within the next financial year.

 

iOS 7 set to ruin SnapChat?

A new feature in iOS 7 means that app’s like SnapChat can no longer inform users when a recipient of a message takes a screenshot. In iOS 7, screenshot behavior has been modified, and as the notes state, “Active touches are no longer canceled when the user takes a screenshot.” This may seem like a small change however it has a number of implications for several apps that rely on this method of detecting screenshots in order to notify users of unwanted behavior, such as saving a Snapchat.

When a user opens a Snapchat photo in the app, a finger is required on the screen to hold the photo open while viewing the picture. The act of taking a screenshot interrupts the picture viewing and closes the photo, which is the method that Snapchat uses to detect an “illegal” screenshot, thereby notifying the sender of the photo that a snapshot has been saved.

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In iOS 7, taking a screenshot no longer closes the photo viewing window in Snapchat, which means no notification is sent when a screenshot is captured. As screenshots no longer interrupt on-screen touches, the photo stays open and the app is unable to recognize the screenshot action. iOS 7 users will be notified if an iOS 6 user takes a screenshot of a sent photo, but the reverse is not true.

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Snapchat’s screenshot detection, which is designed to be a safety measure to keep photos private, has had issues in the past. Earlier this year, several screenshot workarounds surfaced, along with an app called Phantom available on Cydia, allowing users to save photos without sending notifications, however with iOS 7, a workaround or jailbreak isn’t required as the app’s core functionality is disabled.

While the change has immediate implications for Snapchat users interacting with other users running iOS 7, it will ultimately require Snapchat and similar apps to come up with a new method for detecting screenshots or to abandon the feature entirely when the final version of iOS 7 is released.

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