In the latest Snapchat update, beta version 10.1.3.0, Snap Inc. has added bundled notifications to the app, making the Snapchat notification area more useful.
Notification bundles rolled out as a feature of Android 7.0 Nougat and allow developers to make their notifications collapse when more are added to the notification area. These notifications can be expanded when you tap on them to reveal more detailed information about each individual message, like when it was sent and by whom. Check out how it looks in the screenshot below (uploaded to Imgur).
Though the update is still in beta, it should be rolling out to the main Snapchat app within the coming weeks. It’s a worthwhile update to Snapchat, it’s just a shame that you need to be running Android Nougat to take advantage of the feature.
New search bar
January 26: Snap Inc. has added a new search bar intended to make finding friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories, easier. The interface has been refreshed and is now more colorful and easier to navigate.
December 14: 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 22.214.171.124. 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.