Snapchat, the fourth most popular app in the App Store, announced Wednesday through a 60-second snap video that it is adding texting and video chats to its popular service with its latest update.
"We let you know when a friend is here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention," Snapchat wrote in a blog post. "And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face"
Another major update to Snapchat is the ability to selectively delete and keep snaps. Specific portions of chats can now be saved with just a tap while the rest of the conversation will be deleted just like the older versions of the app.
"Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting," Snapchat said in a blog post. "When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep."
The Snapchat video chat feature looks and operate much the same way iPhone users use FaceTime. By adjusting the small circular video of what your iPhone is showing you up or down you can quickly change the video from shooting from the front to back camera. You have to click another button like on other video chatting apps. Sharing photos and videos have become much easier with the latest update as well because Snapchat now opens directly to the camera instead of your inbox.
While the video portion of the app is a major part of its promotional videos Snapchat released today and of its press release, the service seems to not be working for many users after the update. Most of the YouTube comments from its promo video are complaining about the inconsistent video chat feature or the fact that it is not working at all.
"Can't seem to get the video chat to work yet. Is that gonna be added later or am I just not doing it right?” asked Darragh McKeon. “Well when you're friend is in the conversation the yellow button is supposed to turn blue, which you use to video chat, but we're (sitting) here talking back and forth and no blue button. It's still early days but I've found a few more cases where this has happened so far.”
"Too bad it doesn't work," Cap'n Miyuki simply stated.
Snapchat is available to download for free from the App Store or iTunes. It requires iOS 5 or late and 19.8 MB.