Finally! Snap has released its new Snapchat for Android app that’s been in development for over a year, rebuilt from the ground up.
To match the performance of its iOS app, Snap decided to rewrite its Android app from the ground up last year, and the company finally announced that the app is ready to launch. The new version, according to the Verge, brings significant performance upgrades, making it faster, less laggy, and less buggy than the app’s previous version. Nothing has changed in terms of the UI or its navigation.
According to an Android Authority interview with members of Snapchat’s development team, the team first attempted to fix issues as they went along, but decided to do a full rebuild a while ago. According to reports, it’s been going on for at least a year. The rebuild follows Snapchat’s shift towards Asia – and India in particular – looking to bring a better experience to Android users.
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Now that the app has been fully rewritten, updates will also be easier for Snap’s developer team to keep up with. Also, it will certainly be easier to keep the app in line with the features on its iOS app. As Jacob Andreou, the company’s VP of product explains, “With this new foundation I wouldn’t be surprised if you actually see things starting to come to Android even before iOS sometimes.”
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