Good news, Android Snapchatters. Now you can not only share self-destructing photos, text messages, and drawings with your friends — you can also send and receive videos!
Snapchat on Thursday updated its Android app to include a new video-capture feature already available to iOS users. In a blog post, Snapchat co-founder Daniel Smith said making Snapchat video work on Android was a challenge.
"The Android phones that many of us use were never designed with Snapchat in mind, and that can be tough when developing a hardware-based application," he said. "The video feeds and playback behaviour can differ greatly — often with no guarantees or warnings."
Users may still experience some glitches with the new feature. Those who run into any problems should email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond the new video feature, Snapchat for Android version 2.0 also brings a revamped notification system with more "informative, exciting, and customisable notifications," Smith wrote. The Snapchat team also redesigned portions of the camera to improve frame rates and navigation speed.
"We have a ton of great updates on the way — stay tuned and happy snapping!" Smith added.
Snapchat lets users set a time limit for how long the recipient can view a message, up to 10 seconds, before it's wiped from the app. Snapchat has gained a following over the past year, but hasn't been able to escape the criticism of those who say it's a tool for 'sexting.'
Meanwhile, Facebook recently made a play to capitalise on the success of Snapchat by launching a similar app dubbed Poke, which also lets users send photo, video, or text messages that expire after a few seconds.
Snapchat for Android version 2.0 is available for download in the Google Play app market.