Snapchat is constantly updating its mobile app to keep enhancing the snapping experience. Previous updates have added a simpler, cleaner look, filters, fonts, messaging and even facetime. I must say that personally I didn’t think that the facetime would be necessary, but I have actually used it quite a bit to share a moment with someone really quick. To read more about the previous snapchat updates click HERE Anyways, lets get back to our main topic which is the snapchat update that was released in July of 2015.
The July 2015 snapchat update, also called the version 9. 11. 1 update, ads two main new features. The first new feature allows users to add a photo to their snap code. This is basically like adding a profile picture to your account. To add a picture to your snap code, swipe to the camera screen then swipe down on your screen to reveal your snap code. By tapping on your snap code you will be presented with your snap code with the interior of the ghost displaying the view from your front facing camera. To capture the image just tap the gray circle button below your snap code. After you tap the button it will say ready, set, go, and you it will take three pictures. These pictures will play as a slideshow in your snap code. Other snappers will be able see your snap code picture next to your name when you add them.
The second new feature added in the July 2015 update is the ability to tap once to view entire stories and snaps you receive. This feature is very helpful when viewing long stories that previously you would have to hold for three minutes to view the story. Now you just tap on the story once and it will play through. If you want to skip to the next segment you just tap again. No need to use two fingers.
I have found the new snapchat update very helpful and I can’t wait to see what snapchat comes up with next.
Google has recently been working on a new interface for the mobile search app. It will look a lot like something we have seen before. The new app will have cards instead of a long list. all of the cards will have different information about what you search for example if you search “Google” there will be a card for information about the company, a card for stock, a card for search results and a card for news, images, etc. You will be able to swipe away cards that you do not want on the screen you can also disable some cards from coming up. If the cards on search are a success they will apply the card idea to desktop search to. The problem I see with this is that you could not swipe the cards away and it could turn into a pain. I have this problem with the google plus notifications. I find myself trying to swipe with the track pad but in reality I have to click the little X. I can’t wait for the new interface to be applied. I think it will make search faster and smoother. I just hope the find an efficient way to deal with removing the cards.
Google+ has had lots of new cool things added to it in the past few months. One of the most popular of these being Auto Awesome. This feature stitches photos into animations and panoramas. Another cool feature added is the photo editor. This enhances pictures and allows you to crop, adjust brightness, contrast, and add a filter to your photos. Who knows what the next amazing feature will be. Maybe it will be a way to share vine posts more easily. Or maybe they will incorporate the entire snapseed app. Maybe the next big thing will be a video editor. The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait for google to come out with the next version of Google+. I have a feeling I will be pleasantly surprised. What do you think the next innovation will be?
Google has the capability to create almost anything they want. What will be cool is when they make sports more social. Watching sports from a live hangout would be amazing. Commenting live with your friends or member of your favorite sports community. I just hope this day comes soon. Would you rather watch the game on the television by yourself or watch it while hanging out with your friends on the same screen?