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Snapchat for WEB launches – allowing users to call and message from their computers

Taking things off-app! Snapchat for WEB launches – allowing users to call and message from their computers

  • Snapchat has launched a new Snapchat for Web tool this week
  • Once you’re logged in, you can call and message your friends from the web
  • The tool will initially launch for Snapchat+ subscribers in the US, UK and Canada, and for all users in Australia and New Zealand 

It’s the go-to social media app for many people around the world, and now Snapchat has announced the launch of its latest feature – Snapchat for Web.

As the name suggests, Snapchat for Web will allow users to call and message their friends from the web.

‘With so many in our community spending more time online, whether it is for remote learning or working, streaming or just plain browsing – we saw a huge opportunity to make it easier for our community to stay connected throughout their day, and we cannot wait to bring our favourite fundamental Snapchat capabilities to the web,’ a spokesperson for Snap explained.

It’s the go-to social media app for many people around the world, and now Snapchat has announced the launch of its latest feature – Snapchat for Web

What is Snapchat+? 

Snapchat+ is Snapchat’s £3.99/month subscription service that features exclusive and ‘experimental’ features that aren’t available to standard users.

Aside from Snapchat for Web, Snapchat Plus initially includes six new and exclusive features. 

These include ‘Rewatch Indicator’, which shows how many people are rewatching Stories – the photos and videos that are posted to a user’s feed. 

‘Custom App Icons’ lets users choose from a variety of designs for the Snapchat app icon on their homescreen, including a rainbow icon and a Ukrainian flag icon.

Meanwhile, ‘Best Friends Forever’ gives Snapchat Plus users the ability to pin one friend as their number one ‘BFF’. 

To access Snapchat for Web, users can head to web.snapchat.com and login with their usual Snapchat username and password.

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be able to pick up your conversations from where you left off on the mobile app.

‘[Users] will be able to take advantage of all of their favorite features from messaging on our mobile app, like Chat Reactions, Chat Reply, plus Lenses coming soon for video calls,’ Snap explained.

‘Snapchatters will also be able to send Snaps right from their computer.’

Snap says that Snapchat for Web was designed with privacy and safety in mind, ‘like all of our products.’

It added: ‘We’ll launch with a unique privacy screen that hides the Snapchat window if you click away for another task.’

The tool will initially launch for Snapchat+ subscribers in the US, UK and Canada, and for all users in Australia and New Zealand, but will eventually roll out to all users.

Snapchat+ is Snapchat’s £3.99-a-month subscription service that features exclusive and ‘experimental’ features that aren’t available to standard users.

Aside from Snapchat for Web, Snapchat Plus includes six new and exclusive features. 

To access Snapchat for Web, users can head to web.snapchat.com and login with their usual Snapchat username and password

To access Snapchat for Web, users can head to web.snapchat.com and login with their usual Snapchat username and password

These include ‘Rewatch Indicator’, which shows how many people are rewatching Stories – the photos and videos that are posted to a user’s feed. 

‘Custom App Icons’ lets Snapchat Plus users choose from a variety of designs for the Snapchat app icon on their homescreen, including an LGBT-friendly rainbow icon and a Ukrainian flag icon, in respect of Russia’s war on the country. 

Meanwhile, ‘Best Friends Forever’ gives Snapchat Plus users the ability to pin one friend as their number one ‘BFF’. 

Snapchat Plus is available in the UK, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, although it will expand to users in more countries ‘over time’. 

SNAP LAUNCHES A $230 FLYING CAMERA CALLED PIXY 

It’s best known for its social media app, Snapchat, but Snap has launched a new piece of hardware – a flying camera.

The flying camera, called Pixy, was unveiled at Snap’s Partner Summit in April, and is described as a ‘free-flying sidekick that’s a fit for adventures big and small’. 

Pixy does not require a controller or any set-up, and instead operates on its own, snapping selfies for you before landing in your palm.

The flying camera, called Pixy, was unveiled at Snap's Partner Summit in April, and is described as a 'free-flying sidekick that's a fit for adventures big and small'

The flying camera, called Pixy, was unveiled at Snap’s Partner Summit in April, and is described as a ‘free-flying sidekick that’s a fit for adventures big and small’

With a price tag of $229.99, Pixy is designed to be a companion to Snapchat, with videos filmed wirelessly transferring and saving into the Snapchat app.

Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap, said: ‘Everything you need to capture the spontaneity and fun of the moment from new perspectives is right in the palm of your hand. With the simple tap of a button, Pixy takes flight and joins you on your journey.’



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