Snapchat has been updated and now gives you two great new features. These features create a new Snapchat experience that will leave the former version looking like a pile of dirt. These additions add two features that have previously been released; but Snapchat adds its own twist to them.S
The first new feature is messaging. Messaging has been around for quite some time but now snapchat has created its own version. To access the snapchat messaging, you swipe right from the camera screen. Then swipe right again across the user you would like to message with. You can then either message the user you have selected, or send them a picture from your camera roll. When you send a picture from your camera roll, the recipient can view the photo as long as they want. But when they exit the messaging section then return it will be gone. Like a traditional snap. The messages do the same. Once both parties have viewed the message it will be removed. Unless either the sender or the recipient taps on a message or photo. If someone taps a message or photo it will be saved, until they tap it again.
The other new addition is Snapchat facetime. This feature allows you to facetime with other Snapchat users. To do so, both users must be in the messaging section. Once this occurs the yellow rectangle at the right of the text box will turn blue. To facetime, both users must hold their finger on the blue button. You must continue to hold your finger on the screen for the facetime to continue. Unless you lock the camera in either the front or back facing position by sliding your finger to the top or bottom of the screen. Sliding your finger to the top will use the normal camera. Sliding your finger to the bottom will cause your front facing camera to activate.
These new features can be kind of fun. So go play with them, and let me know what you think.
Most apple users are familiar with the application Face Time. Which allows you to speak to friends and family face to face. Google also gives you the ability to do this through an application called Google Hangouts. The two applications accomplish the same goal. They both allow you to see the face of the person you are speaking with. But there are some differences that you can find.
To start off FaceTime is produced by Apple and can only be used on Apple devices. To acces FaceTime both the caller and the called upon must have an apple device. To start a FaceTime you either begin with a normal call then transfer to a FaceTime, or go to the contact you would like to speak with, then click the FaceTime icon instead of the phone icon.
Once a FaceTime has begun it is pretty strait forward, just talk, nothing fancy. Where as on hangouts you have plentiful options to choose from. With Google hangouts you have the ability to talk to more than one person at a time. Which is an advantage over FaceTime. You can also add effects, like different backgrounds, or masks to go over your face. There are also sound effects you can mess around with. These tools are just for when you want to mess around and have a good laugh. Google Hangouts also gives you option to make your chat live on YouTube. This is handy for interviews, or just sharing a conversation live to anyone who wants to watch. You can also take screenshots of yourself or the people you are chatting with.
Hangouts and FaceTime both get the job done. The job being speaking with friends and family face to face. Although they have different options and abilities. FaceTime is more suited for families and is very simple and straight forward. Hangouts can be more complicated, but also adds some new twists to the chat.
Try the two and see which is best suited for you and your needs.