Snapchat Launched “Lenses” To Spice Up Your Selfies

by • September 17, 2015 • Breaking News, SnapchatComments Off on Snapchat Launched “Lenses” To Spice Up Your Selfies6145

You have probably heard a lot about Snapchat these days. The app finally released its “Trophy Case” and also started to offer in-app purchases yesterday.

Now Snapchat has also added another new feature in its recent app update. Dubbed “Lenses” the new feature lets you create animated selfies to share with your friends.

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Snapchat announced it has acquired Looksery, a facial recognition app that allowed uses to send funny, sometimes scary, animated selfies. The motivation behind this acquisition became obvious yesterday when Looksery disappeared from the app store as Snapchat announced “Lenses.”

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Looksery was launched back in 2013 as a video chat where people could see each other through special filters making you like a panda, the grumpy cat, or other kinds of funny/scary characters. The problem for Looksery, however, was that even if you have awesome tech, getting enough users on your app is always a challenge. Now Snapchat aims to put this tech in the hands of all its users.

With “Lenses”, Snapchat wants to keep its app fresh by adding more and more fun into using it. So now, when you’re looking at your screen in Selfie mode (that is when you switch to the front facing cameron your phone), tap and hold on your face. The facial recognition pattern will appear to map your face lines and the “Lens” buttons will then appear below. Choose one and you will be instructed on how to trigger the animation, whether it is “open your mouth”, “raise your eyebrows”, or anything similar.

The feature is new, but it already includes 7 “lenses” including things like “Terminator, Sad eyes, Scary, Old, Rainbow puke” and more.

My favourite ones by far are “Scary” and “Rage Face” – What are yours?


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