Snapchat updated with text chat and video calling

Self-destructing photo-sharer Snapchat has been updated today with a couple of major new features. Previously you'd have to take a photo if you wanted to send any kind of message through the service — now text chat is accessible by swiping right from the main camera view, then swiping again on the person you want to chat with. As you might expect, message history is wiped when you swipe away from the conversation, though you can choose to save individual messages for later if they're important. But text chat is only part of the new Snapchat.

When both you and the person you're chatting with have the conversation open, you'll see a blue notification button which you can use to launch instantly into a video call using either the front or rear camera. Naturally, videos are just as ephemeral as everything else Snapchat does, and video streams can be either one-way or two-way. Both features represent a significant expansion of the apps' feature set, while maintaining the ephemeral nature of the Snapchat messages.

You'll find a quick demo of the new features in Snapchat's (non-self-destructing) teaser video, above. Updates to the new version are rolling out from today on iOS and Android.

Source: Snapchat

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wdowell says:

There's nothing more infuriating than app developers spreading the word before it's available!

Madison Sulkowski says:

What kind of phone do you have? Is the update just for iphone?

wdowell says:

I have an iPhone - but I think this update is also available for android (and already on the Play store).

Kristal Argueta says:

Wait so can the iPhone update snapchat ?

asad aweis says:

my iphone 5s is not showing the update

Ashley Culwell says:

How did you get yours to update

RicoSuave8100 says:

It's on your snapchat open it you have message

bman brownie says:

Iphone 4 doesn't get video chat on snapchat :(

bman brownie says:

I'm not pretty sure! I mean I tried to video chat with a friend of mine but it wouldn't work

Cheryl Lam says:

me too :( i only can use s4 to video chat my friend!

moizilla says:

Snapchat videochat feature uses a technology called WebRTC, which the iPhone 4 CPU can't handle... WebRTC is very resource-intensive for mobile devices... that's why they didn't enable it

Maverick86 says:

no update on the US store yet !?!???

parabel says:

I'm not 100% sure, but I think it's an update within the app, without an update to the AppStore binaries. At least in my snapchat it said to "double tap to update", but I didn't do it yet since I'm not really sure I like those new features... :/

Maverick86 says:

well I wanted the new features so I double tapped! :p All it does is open up iTunes Store (not the app store) and it shows the old version!

parabel says:

OK yeah, you're right. In that case, no update available yet... Well planned, Snapchat!

Halie Cox says:

Okay. So it's not just takes me to the App Store and just says open. No update or anything.

Bridget Springstead says:

Mine did the same thing. I hope they release the update for us soon!!!

luis campbell says:

I think if you changed the App Store to the New Zealand store the update might be on there because all the new things like BBM came on to the New Zealand first. Also does anyone know wether the update is available for iPod 4th gen?

Gina Negrete says:

this is exactly whats going on with my iphone 5c .
it says double tap to update and nothing even happens just goes to the app store.
someone help me i want the update !(:

maddie laprade says:

I have the 5c and mine is the same way.

Collin Sturm says:

y'all are stupid...there isn't an update available yet...

3djc98 says:

I did that and got the update, but it won't allow me to live chat.

Lt_Solorna says:

I have seen this within apps to allow Verizon FiOS log-in or in Temple Run 2 where the coins returned to their normal design.

nathanq123q says:

No it's not in the app I deleted it and re-download it and it still didn't work

nathanq123q says:

No it's not in app the app cuz I deleted it and re-download it and it still didn't work

Massiel Lopez says:

That happened to me too and my fire d told me to update my phone like I have an iphone si I updated the Ios 7 and when the update ended amd I opened snapchat it was already updated. But my video chat doesn't work though, my button never turns blue :(

Massiel Lopez says:

sorry for the wrong spelling my phone is a little bit crazy ;)

Jesus gome says:

How do I get the update for iphone 5c?

cazineelizabeth says:

Currently, no iPhone/iOS users can get it yet. So I'd say just wait until your App Store informs you that you've got a Snapchat update waiting. Mine automatically updates so I'll be set as soon its available. have a great day :)

Jessikaka says:

Do you have to have ios 7 for this new update?

Haley Lyons says:

I have the samsung s3 with the newest update and I have it. My friends with iPhone can't Download it yet though

christoskyp says:

Well, no update on AppStore.. I don't have the new features

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Jakob Stankovic says:

I've got an iPhone .. The update isn't on the App Store ;( Maybe it's will come out tow morrow. Greetings from Sweden

lisardo vivas says:

Any one in uk got the update. I haven't got it. IOS 7

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cazineelizabeth says:

No, its not available for any iOS users yet unfortunately. :(

Jenna Bee jet says:

I'm in Australia and I have an iPad 2 and an iPod 4th generation and can't get the update???? Anyone else with those devises have it? Please comment!

Brad Chandler says:

I'm also in Oz and I got the update for my iPhone 5 2 days ago through the App Store.
One flaw with the update is that you can not clear the history like the old program did

cazineelizabeth says:

The update is not available for iOS users yet. It's currently Android only which sucks but Snapchat has always been more favorable towards Android so its really no surprise. Can't wait until we can get it though. :)

aubs_bree says:

I Double tapped the update button and it brought me to the App Store that says open

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Brittney Colunga says:

I have the Galaxy s4 and I haven't got the update yet when it tells me to double tap it doesn't show the updated button

Kristal Argueta says:

Okay so we can't use the new snapchat on an iPhone ? Someone comment please.

Nancy Pham says:

I use an iPhone and I haven't seen the update so so far, I can't use it.

Morgan Browne says:

We can but they screwed up things releasing it before it was available fully. So I guess we just gottah wait.

Danisu says:

The demo shows iPhones in use with that update...

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Joselynne Lovee says:

but its not working and i have a iphone 4

Morgan Browne says:

I thought it was just me, I double tap an then it sends me to the App Store. No update haha. Maybe it'll change by tomorrow but it's still annoying, somebody's getting

Rj Bishop says:

i double tap and it take me to google play and says open but then it wont open

vsnlweb says:

Don't see that update!

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James Gillespie1 says:

it's here I got it... I'm on iphone :)

Emma Horsch says:

Can you delete messages and snaps like how you could clear you feed on the old version

Angie Sledge Atchison says:

Did you ever locate this option or find out any more info?

Brad Chandler says:

They have taken away this feature I read on another forum

leticiacg says:

iPhone people, the download JUST showed up on my app store. I also wasn't being able to get it but it's working now.

Maverick86 says:

US Apple store just got the update!! finally !!

Christopher Powell4 says:

Is anyone else having a problem with their yellow camera button not changing blue to do the live chat with a friend?

Hilda Duarte says:

Yeah I'm having the same problem, the yellow button isn't turning blue

Jrobbybear says:

Anyone know what the song they used in the update vid they sent is?

Raven Truelove says:

I have the new snapchat update, but it's not showing the blue botton, when I'm trying to video chat. I have an iPhone 4. Can someone help me out here?

Christopher Powell4 says:

i feel like only the people with a regular iphone 4 can't do the live video chat. I have no idea why though. My friends that have androids and iphone 4s and up can do it.

3djc98 says:

Ok, Is anyone have the update and is able to message, but not live video chat cuz that is my problem.

Zionn Bill says:

I am having the same problem, when my friends are on the chat the button will not turn blue, please help me live video chat, i have an iphone 4

lisardo vivas says:

How can I delete the feed. It's gone from the options. Help. I don't want people to know who I've been chatting with.

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lisardo vivas says:

How can I delete the feed. It's gone from the options. Help. I don't want people to know who I've been chatting with.

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3djc98 says:

you can go to the settings and delete your feed and start fresh like you were able to in the original snap chat.

lisardo vivas says:

How? Can't see this option

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3djc98 says:

I guess you can't anymore I just tried

lisardo vivas says:

It used to be under account actions. Is not there any more

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lisardo vivas says:

It used to be under account actions. Is not there any more

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ericsoconnor says:

I don't get a blue notfication when someone is in the chat window with me, does this new update not support video chatting for IPods?

taysargeant2 says:

How do you clear your feed with the new update ?

3djc98 says:

you can't clear feeds with the update

3djc98 says:

I am starting to think not either because I have the 4th generation and I am having trouble getting the video chat to work too I'll keep trying and let you know.

Tasha Richmond says:

The "update" is being tested by Beta users only. Snapchat failed to let everyone know, causing a whirlwind of confusion. If you join the Beta team you will receive the update, if not you have to wait.

Taylor Hudema says:

I got te update? So did a few of my friends, the only problem with the update is the yellow button doesn't turn blue like it should /: so no video chat. Probably a bug and will be fixed soon, hopefully. The update is in the App Store. And I live in the US

Jennblue7 says:

How do you clear your feed?

Sgtboltz Noballz says:

Beta users only atm... been testing it out since yesturday around 12pm ish.... so far impressed with it all

lorraine carter says:

So can the whole history still be erased like the old snapshot .

lorraine carter says:

Oh and I'm an android user. All the new functions work great.

snapnorway says:

How can i delete my snapchat log? The function on settings are gone. Why dis you remove that function??

Logan Wilcox1 says:

Currently there is no feature to Clear Snap History in this new update, for whatever reason. I like pic and videos, but I dont really feel like the chat fits in well, I could just text them. Its no loner a silly fun social app - its turning into (or trying to) every other social app with this and that and this and that built in.
Just let us clear our history (UPDATE PLEASE) I hate being all bogged up with snaps I cant even view just a list of names with blank squares (Looks messy and POINTLESS)

Just give us our option back - why the hell remove it in the first place??

Ashley Waters says:

How do you clear your feed in the new update?

Narwilly says:

How do you video chat w/ someone who has and android and you have an iPhone?

abbeyhasabs says:

When I swipe out of a chat my messages don't delete! It's really annoying and frustrating please help :/

Nikki Manchester says:

The yellow button will not turn blue for me when in the chat screen with another friend. I've had others telling me it's working for them though. Everything else seems to be working. I really would like to use the live video feature. Please fix

tfios says:

My button will never turn blue even when we're both on, why is this and how can I fix it ( I have an iPod 8gb and I believe it's a 3 or something)

Jordan Lyons says:

before the update i could get into my snapchat but now i update i cant even open it and if i do get into it 5 seconds later it kick me out hekp please

Naythan Ellicker says:

How do you video chat on iPhone 4? It says the button is blue when the other person is In chat and you press that to video chat!! But it won't turn blue it's stays yellow!! How do you video chat please?!?!? Someone tell me! Please!! Thanks!

Katiemarie6707 says:

Anyone wanna tell me how to clear my snapchat log with the new update. Its so confusing. I dont like it

Ciarra Larkin says:

Anyone figure out how to delete snapchats that have been already opened and viewed?! It's no longer in settings...

Tiffany Smith6 says:

I'm tryin to figure that out as well

Maria Andersen says:

Hi... Do anyone know what's wrong here? After updating snapchat I've had a very strange problem. When you're in the camera and you're ready to take a snap, you got 4 symbols, right? Well, I don't... My camera switch button has disappeared and now I can't use my frontcamera when I'm snapping. It's an iPhone 4, and I really don't know how to fix it :-(

helloworldofhumans says:

Are you using the yellow button in chat to take the picture? If you do that it will take the picture almost as soon as you let go of it. To rotate your camera, press and -hold- the yellow button in chat. On the bottom with be a smiley face(meaning the camera is pointed towards you) and on the top are trees(which makes te camera then point away from you).
Also, I have an iPod gen 4. and I don't have the blue button either. I think it isn't available yet and it will be in the new Snapchat update.

Jason Ramsey says:

My problem isn't texts remaining after i swipe away - it's the opposite: as soon as I swipe right to open a new text it disappears from the screen after one second. Anyone else have this problem?

Serena Pantano says:

Yesss I can't figure it outtt it's so annoying

Ahmed Al Hermi says:

Hi , i have the same problem , did you figure it out ?

Tiffany Smith6 says:

I cant figure out how to clear my feed :(

awesome3010 says:

So the video chat thing won't work on the iPhone 4? Man that was the only reason I downloaded!!!

Amy Stephenson says:

How do I clear my news feed? The new version is stupid, half of my snapchats arnt sending and they just sit in my feed and say I have one. So how can I clear it???????

ruckus fitzell says:

If you find out please let me know. This is sooo annoying..

Brandon123454321 says:

I accidently saved a few chats so how to I delete them?? or cant I and ya I would like to know also how to delete the news feed.