Snapchat has introduced a few new features today that will soon make their way to Android and iOS. For starters, there’s a new Tint Brush that’s rolling out to both Android and iOS today, while a new Multi-Snap recording feature is coming to Android “soon”.
Let’s start with the Android goodies. Tint Brush isn’t a revolutionary new idea, but it should be a welcome feature for those who like to add extra stuff to their Snaps. With Tint Brush, you can highlight parts of your Snap, select a new color, then change that object’s color to whatever you’d like. The coolest part about this is that Snapchat uses machine learning to identify which objects you’re trying to highlight, so your finger tracing doesn’t have to be perfect.
You can see how the Tint Brush works in the image above.
Next up is Multi-Snap recording, which will give users the ability to record multiple Snap videos in succession. For those who don’t understand what I’m talking about, Snapchat only allows users to take videos up to 10 seconds in length. This can cause obvious problems, as sometimes you can’t capture what you want to in only 10 seconds. But now, with this new Multi-Snap recording feature, just tap and hold the record button, and if the video goes longer than 10 seconds, a second (or third, or fourth) Snap video will automatically be created for you. Check out the GIF below to see it in action:
Individual Snaps in the sequence can be deleted, which means you don’t have to post the entire segment that you record. They’ll be stuck in chronological order, however.
The Tint Brush feature should be live on Android right now, so head to the Play Store to grab the latest Snapchat update. We’ll let you know when Mulit-Snap recording is coming to Android.
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July 5: Snap Inc. is rolling out a new update to its image messaging with three new features: Paperclips, Backdrops, and Voice Filters. Paperclips essentially introduces the ability to embed links to external websites within your Snaps. Backdrops are similar to the AR filters that Snapchat already offers, but instead of the camera detecting your face, you get to cut out the objects you want in the foreground. Tap the scissors icon, trace around the main object, and apply the Backdrop you like. Finally, Voice Filters let you change your voice when sending Snap videos.
Snapchat adds Snap Map
June 21: Snapchat is adding a new feature called Snap Map, which gives you an overview of where your friends are on a map as well as what they’re up to. Simply pinch to zoom out, and you have your Map. You can share your location with friends or keep it to yourself in Ghost Mode. On the Map, you’ll see Actionmoji of your friends who have shared their locations, which you can tap to see their Stories. Whether it’s a music festival or a BBQ party, the idea is that you’ll be able to see what your friends are up to nearby and join them if you’re looking for something to do.
Custom Snapchat Stories
May 23: Snapchat is rolling out a new feature for users that’s an expansion of its popular Stories. This new addition will allow users to create custom Stories with their friends, based around a shared event or location. You can not only add friends as contributors to these Stories, you can also choose who can view it. This is certainly going to be a welcome feature for hardcore Snapchat users. In addition, there’s also a way to Geofence the communal Story, which we’re assuming means you’ll only be able to see it if you’re in the predetermined place.
May 9: The new “Limitless Snaps” options will let you send Snaps that don’t expire after ten seconds or less. When you receive a limitless Snap, you can view it for as long as you’d like, then close it when you’re done. After you close the Snap, the image will delete as usual. There’s also a new Loop tool for videos. This lets you decide if your Snap plays just once or loops until the recipient is ready to tap to the next Snap. Lastly, the new Magic Eraser tool allows you to censor a certain part of an area on your photo. This new tool can be found under the Scissor tool option.
World Lenses arrive
April 18: World Lenses let you add augmented reality-powered 3D lenses to the world around you. Just fire up the camera screen in the Snapchat app and make sure your rear-facing camera is activated. You can then add a cloud, a rainbow, flowers, a floating ‘OMG’ sign, and more. These are just a few of the objects you can add at the moment; Snap says the lineup will change daily.