Photo-messaging app Snapchat has finally released its rebuilt app for Android with an aim to boost its performance to the level of its iOS counterpart. In a nutshell, it doesn't bring any major changes in terms of the user interface (UI) or how Android users navigate or interact with the app. However, the latest version is expected to be comparatively faster than the previous version of Snapchat for Android.
The rebuilt Snapchat for Android is primarily designed to leverage the diversity of the Android ecosystem where a different OEMs have a different set of hardware and software capabilities to offer. The move is likely to boost the app's performance in terms of its camera and processing capabilities and keep all its functions running smoothly on different devices.
"With this new foundation, I wouldn't be surprised if you actually see things starting to come to Android even before iOS sometimes," Snapchat's Vice President of Product, Jacob Andreou said in a statement.
Snapchat had been working on this new version of its Android app since the beginning of 2018. Initially, Snapchat only tried to fix issues with the old app, but eventually, it realised the importance of rewriting the Android app from scratch in order to achieve the desired results. Snapchat made the announcement on Twitter with the hashtag #SnapForAndroid.
"To @Android. Love, Snapchat. #SnapForAndroid"
Snapchat developers believe the new update will “put the gap to rest for good” between iOS and Android versions. According to reports, Snapchat developers also say that they won't be surprised to see the Android version of the app receiving certain new features before its iOS counterpart.
In related news, Snapchat is finding more ways to gain users. Snapchat is looking to expand its Stories to third-party apps like Tinder and Houseparty. Snapchat stories will soon be available for developers to integrate into their own apps.
Recently, Snapchat introduced its long-awaited gaming platform called ‘Snap Games’ at its partner summit. Snapchat users can launch Snap Games from the chat bar and play with their friends instantly in real time.