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Snapchat World Lenses update brings augmented reality to the messaging app

The latest Snapchat update introduces seven augmented reality effects to the popular messaging app.

Published onNovember 9, 2016


The latest Snapchat update introduces an augmented reality component known as World Lenses which, once activated, overlay digital effects into the real world.

World Lenses features seven AR effects including a simulation of snowfall, a torch animation which illuminates a scene, and something inspired by the ‘puking rainbows’ meme.

To make use of effects, simply switch to the rear-facing camera perspective in the Snapchat app and tap on the display: the animations will pop up in circular tiles at the bottom.

New Snapchat update brings AR into the world around you. It’s (unsurprisingly) pretty cool!
— Sean O’Kane (@sokane1) November 8, 2016

The update arrives ahead of the release of Snapchat’s new AR glasses, Spectacles. The glasses, which will go on sale for $129.99, can connect to Snapchat and record short videos through an 115-degree lens. Support for Spectacles was also added in the latest Snapchat update.

You can download Snapchat for free in the Google Play Store and let us know how you like the new effects in the comments.

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