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. An update for Snapchat has long been in the works, but just recently, Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snap, confirmed that the new app will be available for everyone by the end of this year. Here are the details.
The new app, which has been developed from grounds up, comes with a tweaked interface and promises to be much faster than the current one. It rolled out late last year to select users and will hit all Android devices by the end of this year, Spiegel told CNBC at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2019 in San Francisco.
"Android is absolutely critical to our strategy," Spiegel said while speaking about the redesigned app on Monday. "There's something like 2 billion Android users that don't use Snapchat. A couple percent of those I think would be well received by all of us."
Snap's current version of Snapchat hasn't taken off well with the Android community, due to its speed and performance. In Q3 2018, the company lost 2 million users. And by the end of Q4, it had some 186 million daily users. Now, the company hopes its redesigned app will bring it back on track, particularly in international markets like India and Indonesia.
The rebuilt avatar of Snapchat hasn't hit Android devices in India but can be enabled in the beta version of the app. It features a revamped interface which is a lot faster and snappier than the current stable one. Notably, the UI for messaging friends, stories (including viewer's list), messages, and settings have also been tweaked. The final build may include even more changes.