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Snapchat Testing A Major Redesign Of It’s App



Multimedia messaging app Snapchat is planning a major redesign in its app, according to a report by The Verge. It claims that there will be two major changes- a new spot for its Snap Map for iOS and Android users and a section for the latest news updates. Also, there are plans to upgrade their three-screen design to a five-screen experience.

Source: The Verge

At present, the app opens to the camera with the chat screen to the left and the discover friends which includes stories from friends, random influencers and the company itself to the right. The news changes will put the Snap Map on the left of the chat screen which is currently available by pulling down the centre camera screen.

“This test’s UI offers more space to innovate and increases the opportunity to engage with and discover even more of what Snapchat has to offer,” The Verge quoted a Snapchat spokesperson. Moving away from its current design the app will also include a ‘navigation bar,’ that will enable users to switch screen by tapping and without having to swipe from one screen to the other. The report also mentioned that the new briefs feature that is in the testing phase is called ‘Happening Now.”

Previously, the app’s user unfriendliness made Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel to launch its previous redesign. This included a friend’s page to showcase both chat messages and ephemeral stories, and feed that prioritized posts from close friends, among other features.

However, the social media app has to carefully tread this time as that overhaul in 2017 was not met well by users. The company reported that it lost 2% of its 191 million daily users as a result of the redesign and over 1 million people signed a petition urging it to reconsider the changes.

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