Snapchat releases its rebuilt app for Android

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 09, 2019 12:00 hrs
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San Francisco: Photo-messaging app Snapchat has finally released its rebuilt app for Android users in a bid to bring performance for the Android version up to par with the iOS version.

The redesign does not implement any major changes in the user interface (UI) or navigation on Snapchat, but the new version is expected to be much faster than the old version with lesser bugs, The Verge reported on Monday.

The new app is designed to factor in things like the huge Android ecosystem, with its wide breadth of hardware - particularly for cameras and processors, that means that different phones can have widely differing capabilities.

"With this new foundation I wouldn't be surprised if you actually see things starting to come to Android even before iOS sometimes," the report quoted Snapchat's Vice President of Product, Jacob Andreou as saying.

The company had been worling on this new version for Android users since the beginning of 2018.

The company first tried to simply patch its way out of the issues with the old app, but eventually realised that it would have to rewrite the Android version from scratch to achieve the results the company wanted, the report said.

Snapchat announced the roll-out of the new Android version via Twitter with the hashtag -- #SnapForAndroid and a picture of the 'Snapchat Ghost' smiling at the Android robot.