Snapchat for iOS Adds Discussion Threads, New Communication Features in Latest Update

To start 2022 off on the right foot, Snapchat has posted in its newsroom a major update arriving on its iPhone app in the coming days that will make chatting with friends more fun and expressive.

According to Snapchat, after the release of this update, users will be able to reply, react and even poll their friends on Android and iOS devices with several new features:

  • Reply to chat – With Chat Replies, you can reply to individual messages in an ongoing chat to help keep conversations on track and connect with the context. To start a discussion thread, press and hold a message in Chat and tap Reply;
  • Bitmoji reactions – With Bitmoji Reactions, it’s easier than ever to share your feelings on Snapchat chat. There are seven Bitmoji emotions to choose from, so you’ll have a quick and easy way to respond to any message;
  • Survey Stickers – Now you can add Emoji powered polls to snapshots and stories to poll your friends to get their opinions. Snapchat’s visual polls work on iOS and Android, so all your friends can weigh in and give their opinion. Plus, Snaps polls have been designed with transparency in mind – you can see how your friends have voted to ensure responses stay thoughtful and kind. To create a poll, see the new option in the Stickers folder;
  • Improved call – Snapchat has redesigned its video and audio calling interface to make live chats more fun. Now, it’s easier than ever to add Lenses and preview who answered a group call before you join.

Snapchat also notes that with its enhanced calling features, users can also choose from millions of lenses that are compatible with video calling, so users can find even more ways to express themselves.

Last December, Snapchat introduced a standalone “Story Studio” video editor for iPhone users. With this app, Snap says it’s “a fast and fun way for creators to create advanced, engaging vertical videos to share on Snapchat.” This way, creators will have more advanced tools for editing their videos, as Snapchat’s app doesn’t provide a lot of editing tools.

In October, Snapchat also announced a new way for creators to monetize their content with “Spotlight Challenges,” which offer cash prizes to encourage users to post original content to the social network. TikTok and Instagram also pay creators for posting popular videos.

What do you think of these new changes that Snapchat is introducing in its app? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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