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The new version of Snapchat introduces better chatting features, expanding the functionality of a social platform that lets you communicate with your friends by sharing images or videos, which you can capture with a tap. This app impresses with its swiping controls, well-made interface, and high usability, but suffers from technical issues.
High level of privacy: Snapchat automatically deletes your "snaps" once they're viewed and you close the conversation window, which means your conversations aren't logged, neither on a server nor on your device.
Intuitive controls: You can start a conversation by swiping your finger right on a contact's name, quickly switch between tasks with left or right swipes, and snap a photo or add a caption with a tap. These controls are lightning fast and give you quick access to all of the app's main features.
Beautiful chat window: Not only do the text and format look neat, but there's an awesome feature for selecting what to show to the person you're chatting with. Holding your device straight, you just tap on the photo/video button at the bottom of the screen and then slide your finger across the screen to see a preview bubble of the image you'll be sharing. The same feature can be used to initiate a live video chat, in which the other person shows up as a bubble on your screen.
Errors, lag, sharing problems: Although the interface moves smoothly, this version suffers from all manner of technical issues that only become apparent once you start snapping videos or sharing them. Failures to record videos for no apparent reason, errors when sending videos, and playback lag are constant annoyances.
With its new chat window, Snapchat becomes one of the most engaging communication apps for Android. Right now, however, this version isn't yet optimized, which means that you'll have to put up with some technical inconveniences. Even with them, though, this app remains a worthwhile download, thanks especially to its intuitive controls and high level of privacy.
Enjoy fast and fun mobile conversation! Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend. They'll view it, laugh, and then the Snap disappears from the screen - unless they take a screenshot!
You can also add a Snap to your Story with one tap to share your day with all of your friends.
The best conversations happen when both friends are present, so we'll let you know if your friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you're both Here, simply press and hold to share live video - and Chat face-to-face!