You may not have realised it, but Snapchat has just released a major update to its app. Called Chat 2.0, the update gives uses a whole lot more to do on Snapchat.
Snapchat explained the idea behind Chat 1.0 and the rationale behind the upgrade to Chat 2.0 in a blog post.
Chat 1.0 was all about the joys of being here — when most apps told you when your friend was typing, Chat let you know that your friend was listening. Two years later, we’ve learned a ton about how people talk, but our goal remains unchanged. We want Chat to be the best way to communicate — second only to hanging out face-to-face.
With Chat 2.0, users can start sending chats, and then when their friend appears, they can just start video chatting with one tap. When you get a video call, you can Ignore, Join, or Watch. Ignore will cancel, Join will start the call with video, and Watch lets you join without using the camera. Voice calls work in almost the same way, just with the phone button. During a voice call, just tap the phone button to mute your microphone.
If you like our stories, there is an easy way to stay updated:
As the company explains,
Your friend can simply listen if you want to sing them a song, or watch if you have a new puppy to show them. If they aren’t there, you can quickly send an audio note to say what you mean. And sometimes, a sticker says it best :)
With the new Chat, users can move between the different ways of communicating as if we were face to face. If “you’re not texting, calling or video chatting… you’re just talking”. Also with Chat 2.0, comes Auto-Advance Stories, that allow you to catch up with your friends fast! As soon as you’re done with one Story, the other starts – all you have to to is swipe to skip, or pull down to exit.
The update is available now on iOS and Android.