Snapchat: News

Snapchat is an image-centric social media platform of American origin developed by Snap Inc. (formerly known as Snapchat Inc.). The platform was co-founded in 2015 by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown when they were studying together at Stanford University. Initially, the platform focused on chatting with snaps, i.e. person-to-person image sharing once users sign up with their phone number. Today, the platform has broadened its horizons with several elements using new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to apply filters to faces in real-time, help users interact with augmented reality objects, and has garnered a fanbase for these unique offerings. As of July 2021, Snapchat is available in 37 languages and caters to 293 million daily active users. According to a letter to investors in 2020, over four billion Snaps are sent each day. Meanwhile, Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. calls itself “a camera company”. It believes that reinventing the camera is a simple way to improve the way people communicate. The company is also known for Snapchat Glasses that can be purchased from vending machines. The glasses have cameras built-in and can directly post point-of-view Snap Stories for you.

31 Aug 2022


Crisis-hit Snap plans to axe over 1,000 employees

Things are not going well at the Snap Inc. headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The company is planning to lay off approximately 20% of its employees, people close to the matter told The Verge.

11 Aug 2022


WhatsApp brings screenshot blocking, hiding online status, and more features

WhatsApp has lately been focusing on improving its privacy-related features. The company has now announced that it will soon roll out a new feature that will stop users from taking screenshots of 'View Once' messages.

17 Jul 2022


World Emoji Day: How emojis are changing world of expression

Emojis have become a popular tool for expressing emotions at a time when face-to-face contact has declined and most interactions take place via texting.

30 Jun 2022


Snapchat+ announced with exclusive features and $4 monthly subscription charge

Snap Inc. has introduced its much-anticipated paid subscription service Snapchat+ in several countries. It will offer exclusive and early access features at a price of $3.99 per month.

19 Jun 2022


Snapchat+ explained: Subscription prices, features, services, and more

Instant messaging app Snapchat is testing a paid subscription service known as Snapchat+.

16 Nov 2021


Snap inks deal with Sony Music, launches AR Music Lenses

Social media app Snapchat's parent, Snap Inc. (formerly Snapchat), has inked a licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment so the latter's artists' music can be added to Snap's Sounds Library.

22 May 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Clubhouse officially comes to Android, and more

Clubhouse sure has played its exclusivity card to the ragged end. But like all things new and intriguing, the novelty of the audio-only social media platform has worn off, which has manifested in a 10-fold drop in downloads of the iOS app.

21 May 2021

Social Media

Snap challenges Instagram with host of updates for Creators, Businesses

Snap Inc. has announced a host of updates that allow Snapchat to consolidate its reach among creators, developers, and businesses alike.

19 May 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Germans are making a flying Tesla, and more

What's better than an electric car? An electric aircraft, of course. German aviation start-up Volocopter is about to give a whole new dimension to range anxiety with its electric-powered rotorcraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing.

18 May 2021

Climate Change

Snap Inc. claims to have achieved carbon neutrality

Snap Inc. on Monday announced a strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing the environmental impact of its operations and steps it has taken to address them, the company declared that it has become carbon neutral.

24 Apr 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: App makers are terrified for Apple, and more

If you thought the term Big Tech mafia was a hyperbole, think again. App makers told US senators that they are scared of Apple and Google during the ongoing anti-trust dog and pony show.

01 Apr 2021


Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

It's no secret that Instagram Reels is Facebook's version of TikTok. And, now Instagram's new Remix feature announced yesterday mimics TikTok's Duet feature.

08 Mar 2021


Reddit hires former Snap executive Drew Vollero as first CFO

Reddit, the internet discussion platform riding high on unprecedented growth, has roped in former Snap Inc. executive Drew Vollero as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

21 Jul 2020


NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg says no deal with Trump and more

Since last evening, the world of technology has seen some notable developments.

09 Jul 2020


Facebook to PUBG, Army directs troops to delete 89 apps

Amid growing security concerns, the Indian Army has directed its troops to delete 89 smartphone applications.

20 Mar 2020


Now, Instagram is testing Snapchat-like 'self-disappearing' messages

After Stories, Instagram is copying another highly-celebrated feature from Snapchat- ephemeral or self-disappearing text messages.

05 Mar 2020


Twitter wants to become an Instagram-clone, disgruntled users say #RIPTwitter

Stories are everywhere, and you won't be able to dodge them anytime soon!

27 Jan 2020

Reliance Jio

Jio, Snapchat launch creative video challenge: How to participate

Reliance Jio and Snapchat have partnered to launch a new creative challenge called Jio's Got Talent where Snapchatters can showcase their talent and win exciting prizes.

04 Jan 2020


Apparently, TikTok's owner built a tool to make deepfakes

TikTok's owner ByteDance appears to have developed an AI-powered feature to create deepfakes or morphed videos with someone else's face inserted.

15 Dec 2019


#NewsBytesWeeklyRecap: Next-gen Xbox, OPPO AR glasses, iOS issues, and more

This week in tech we saw some tempting hardware announcements, including that of the next-generation Xbox Series X console and OPPO's AR glasses.

09 Dec 2019


#FunUsingTech: Snapchat will let you create your cameos using Deepfake

After a bunch of Chinese apps, Snapchat is gearing up to use the controversial Deepfake technology - which has been used to mar the image of actors/politicians - for a fun effect.

28 Aug 2019


Instagram building new 'Threads' app to take on Snapchat

Once again, Facebook is mimicking Snapchat to improve its own product.

25 Aug 2019


People are using Snapchat/Instagram to sell illegal guns: Here's how

Weapons' trafficking has been going on for a long time, both in India and abroad.

19 Aug 2019

Augmented Reality

#TechBytes: How to use Snapchat filters and lenses

With a humongous set of features, Snapchat dominates as one of the most entertaining photo-sharing apps on the internet.

01 Jul 2019


Soon, Android Messages could offer Snapchat-like AR effects

Android Messages, Google's main app for texting on smartphones, could soon get a major upgrade.

13 Jun 2019

San Francisco

How Snapchat's 'gender swap' filter helped arrest this pedophile cop

Although Snapchat has increasingly become less popular since Instagram introduced Stories, its recent 'gender swap' filter made it popular once again.

24 May 2019


Snapchat employees spied on users without their consent: Here's how

After Facebook, the concerns of personal data security have shifted towards Snap, the owner of ephemeral photo-sharing service Snapchat.

05 Apr 2019


Soon, your Snapchat stories will come on Tinder: Here's how

Snapchat's iconic 'Stories' feature is heading over to Tinder.

07 Mar 2019


New to TikTok? Here are some tips to get started

If you're a regular on the internet, you would have heard about TikTok, a content-creation app that is taking the world by storm.

27 Feb 2019

San Francisco

Soon, Android users will get a new, completely redesigned Snapchat

In a matter of months, Android users will get a completely redesigned version of popular photo-messaging app Snapchat.

29 Jan 2019


Snapchat might soon bring 'permanent snaps'. Why the U-turn?

Snapchat's most iconic feature, the 'disappearing' snaps, could soon see a major change.

29 Jan 2019


Apple's FaceTime bug lets people spy on you: Here's how

A weird bug has been detected in Apple's FaceTime service, one that can be used by bad actors for the purpose of spying.

28 Jan 2019


Android Q might let you reverse app updates: Details here

The benefits of keeping an updated app are endless; you get fancy new features, enhanced performance, and even design changes.

26 Dec 2018


Now, WeChat mimics Snapchat Stories, launches self-disappearing 'Time Capsule'

Snap's famous 'Stories' feature has been mimicked, once again.

19 Nov 2018


Now, you can shop from Instagram videos: See how

In a fresh move directed at social commerce, Instagram is rolling out three features, including an option to buy products directly from videos, The Verge reported.

25 Sep 2018


Soon, Snapchat users can scan and buy real-world products

Snapchat and Amazon are teaming up to introduce a unique shopping feature called 'Visual Search'.

11 Aug 2018


5 times Facebook shamelessly copied from Snapchat

If imitation is a form of flattery, then Facebook must be Snapchat's biggest fan. Over the years, it has unapologetically ripped off features from Snapchat.

10 Aug 2018


Snapchat dysmorphia: Aiming to mirror perfect-selfies, people want plastic surgeries

A phenomenon called 'Snapchat dysmorphia' has troubled doctors all over, as now patients don't want to look like celebrities but their unreal versions.

10 Jul 2018


Snapchat working on a camera-assisted shopping feature on Android

An app researcher named Ishan Agarwal has spotted a code in Snapchat for Android that hints at the photo-sharing app working on turning its camera into a visual search engine.

04 Jul 2018


5 times Facebook shamelessly copied from Snapchat

If imitation is a form of flattery, then Facebook must be Snapchat's biggest fan. Over the years, it has unapologetically ripped off features from Snapchat.