Snapchat for Web launched with snaps, chats, and video calls features
Some Snapchat features like snaps, chats, and video calls will soon be available to desktop users through a new web app. This is the first time the social media giant is making its service available beyond smartphones.
Snapchat is finally expanding beyond smartphones. Snap has just announced that Snapchat will now be available on the web to allow users to send photos and chat with friends through video calls. The web app offers some of the features that make Snapchat one of the most popular messaging apps.
In particular, it will ensure an uninterrupted chat experience by allowing you to start a chat on your smartphone and then continue the conversation where you left off on your PC. Snapchat for the web will allow users to initiate and receive video and voice calls, as well as send text Snaps. Popular features like Chat Reactions and Chat Reply are available from launch, while Lenses will be available later. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to enjoy it.
In its statement, the company said the feature will be exclusive to Snapchat+ subscribers from July 18; and will begin rolling out to subscribers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As a reminder, Snap had launched Snapchat+; a paid version of the application, at a price of $3.99 per month. Launched in several markets, it was a major step in moving away from the old revenue model that relied primarily on advertising.
The company plans to make this new feature available to all of its users in the future, according to its announcement, though without offering a specific timeline. Snapchat for Web is giving over 300 million users a new way to log into the service; so fans of the app should be thrilled.
Finally, the browser version of the app works with Windows, MacOS and Chrome OS.