In the latest Snapchat update, Snap Inc. has added a new search bar intended to make finding friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories, easier.
The search bar is present on all screens in the app at the top of the display; when you start a search, a “quick chat” menu will appear with your favorite contacts, groups, new friends and their available stories.
You can tap on one of your friend’s icons to begin chatting to them, press and hold on their icon to see their profile or — if they’ve posted a public story that day — you can tap its thumbnail to view it.
The search function can also be used to look up a specific person, Our Stories, or Discover channels by typing in relevant keywords.
In addition, Snapchat is making it easier for you to contribute to Our Story, the app’s curated slideshows. Reportedly, these will no longer be tied to specific holidays or events and you won’t need to submit their snaps to a specific Our Story. Instead, you will be able to opt-in to allow Snapchat to use your uploads for Our Stories as it wishes.
The update will be available for a small number of Android users from today with the full rollout coming “soon,” says Snapchat.
Though it was previously limited to one-on-one conversations, Snapchat now allows for up to 16 people to take part in group chats, as of version 126.96.36.199. Like with a regular Snapchat message, group Snaps can be opened once and played once before they are deleted and will remain available in the group for 24 hours after being sent. The new interface also allows you to tap another members’ names to jump into an individual conversation with them.
November 14: Spectacles are Snap Inc’s new glasses which feature an integrated camera, allowing users to record 10-second videos and send them via Snapchat. They’re on sale now for $129.99 at select locations and you can read our early thoughts on them in the link above.
Snapchat World Lenses
November 9: Snapchat has been updated with an augmented reality component known as World Lenses which overlays digital effects into the real world. The AR effects, which appear in circular icons at the bottom of the camera interface, include a torch animation which lights up a scene, snowfall, and floating hearts.