Snapchat Launches Chat 2.0 to Improve Communication Between Friends

By Brandy Shaul Comment

Snapchat has launched Chat 2.0, with the goal of making chat ‘the best way to communicate’ with friends. The update allows users to switch between text, voice and video chatting during a single conversation, and allows users to simply listen or watch if they’d rather not talk or video chat themselves.

With this update, users can call their friends for voice or video chats, and leave them audio notes if they don’t answer the call.03b-how-to-video-chat_11

As reported by TechCrunch, the update also allows users to leave ‘GIF-like’ video notes, and send multiple photos at a time in chat. Over 200 stickers are also reportedly now available in private chat.

Elsewhere, Snapchat has been updated with Auto-Advance Stories, which allow users to quickly catch up with their friends’ content. When users finish one Story, the next begins automatically. Users can swipe to skip ahead or pull down to exit.

Snapchat commented:

When we first launched Chat, our goal was to emulate the best parts of face-to-face conversation. 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.

Finally, Snapchat has ‘refreshed’ its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to make some things clearer, and build ‘foundations for awesome new products to come.’

Snapchat is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Screenshot GIF courtesy of TechCrunch.