Snapchat, on Tuesday, released a new feature on its platform that improves communication between users.
The new update, Chat 2.0 features voice and video calling, audio and video notes and more than 200 new stickers.
The stickers includes walruses, sloths, aliens, and Snapchat’s signature ghost, and they can be searched by keyword, as on Facebook Messenger.
There are also easier controls for starting a video call, allowing you to dial someone who is not present in the chat. You can also choose to chat via audio, and switch back and forth from audio to video during a chat. And if your friend doesn’t pick up, or you just want to send them a reaction using other means, you can record a short audio or video “note” and it will be waiting for them the next time they open the app.
For the first time, the new chat feature also lets you access your camera roll from the messaging screen while you’re talking to your mates.
“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,’ Snapchat said in a blog post.
“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.”
“We’re excited to introduce Chat 2.0, you can start by sending a few chats, and when your friend shows up, start talking or video chatting instantly with one tap.
“Your friend can simply listen if you want to sing them a song, or watch if you have a new puppy to show them,” it added.
Snapchat first launched chat in 2014, allowing users to communicate via text and video chat for the first time.