Today we’re excited to introduce a 3D Camera Mode that adds depth to your Snaps. Use it to create Snaps that capture spatial detail, changing in perspective and appearance based on how you move your phone when you view them. These new Snaps look different, act different, and feel different.
We’re also introducing new 3D Effects that you can swipe on in the Filter Carousel. Together they feel life-like and magical, bringing your world and experience to life in a way that's a step closer to the real thing.
We’re releasing this new capability on a small handful of phones to start with, but any phone can receive and interact with one of these Snaps. If you come across one of these new kinds of Snaps in a Story, you can bring it to life by giving your phone a wiggle.
Introducing Spectacles 3
Today we’re excited to introduce Spectacles 3, the latest version of Spectacles sunglasses with dual cameras designed to capture the world in 3D.
Spectacles 3 are built with a strong, lightweight steel frame and circular lenses. Two HD cameras on either side of the frame capture depth and dimension the way your eyes do, and power new augmented reality creative tools to enhance your Snaps.
It’s easy to reimagine your favorite moments with a suite of new 3D Effects. Create your own magic moment, or add new lighting, landscapes, and other magical effects to an entire scene with a swipe.
Use the included 3D Viewer to immerse yourself in one of your own memories or enjoy someone else’s perspective.
Spectacles 3 will ship this fall and are available to pre-order now at Spectacles.com.
We hope you love the new Spectacles as much as we do!
Celebrating our real friends
When we launched Snapchat more than 7 years ago, it wasn’t about capturing the traditional Kodak moment, or trying to look pretty or perfect. We wanted to create a way for our friends to express themselves and share however they felt in the moment.
Today, we’re launching a celebration of the real friends who use Snapchat. Featuring more than 70 Snapchatters from 12 different countries, “Real friends” shares the stories behind real friendships around the world.
We hope you enjoy hearing their stories as much as we have!
To Android. Love, Snapchat.
Today, we’re really excited to announce the new, faster Snapchat – rebuilt just for your Android phone!
We’ve spent over a year rebuilding our Android app from the ground up. For our Android community, that means improvements across the app – including updates to Lenses, Stories, taking Snaps and more! The new Snapchat for Android is just one of many things we’re working on to make sure Snapchat is one of the fastest and most fun ways to stay in touch.
8 years ago, we created Snapchat to make talking with your friends faster and more fun.
But friendship is more than just the things you talk about. Friendship is also about the experiences you have together. So we’ve been working hard to build an entirely new experience for friends to play together.
Introducing Snap Games: mobile games, made for friends!
You can launch Snap Games right from the Chat bar, allowing you and your friends to instantly play together – no installation required. You can see which friends you’re playing with, send them a Chat, or even talk live with Voice Chat. It feels like you’re sitting shoulder to shoulder, playing on the same screen.
Snap Games is launching with 6 titles:
In Bitmoji Party, you can play as yourself in a series of quick, wacky mini-games.
In Tiny Royale from Zynga, you and your friends shoot to the top in bite-sized Battle Royale action.
In Snake Squad from Game Closure, you and your crew work together to be the last ones standing!
In C.A.T.S. Drift Race from ZeptoLab, you’ll drift around the track and speed past friends for the win!
In Zombie Rescue Squad from PikPok, your crew will rescue survivors in a zombie-infested city.
In Alphabear Hustle from Spry Fox, you’ll collaborate to make words (fast!) to build your village.
Here’s a bit more about Bitmoji Party:
Snap Games begin rolling out to the world today!
Snap Partner Summit | New Snap Originals
Today we’re excited to announce our new schedule of Snap Originals programming!
These shows include docu-series, scripted programmes, comedies and teen dramas – but they all have one thing in common. It’s not just the shows that are original; it’s the way the stories are told.
They’re personal, intimate and made for the way you use your phone today.
In Two Sides from New Form, a young couple navigates a breakup – told from both characters’ points of view at the same time.
Can’t Talk Now from New Form is a teen soap that takes place inside the phones of a few high school BFFs.
In Sneakerheads from Indigo, we’ll follow the misadventures of 3 students as they navigate the crazy, shady and mercurial world of Los Angeles sneaker culture.
In Commanders from Dakota Pictures, 2 high school outcasts discover a retro computer with a mysterious code that can alter real life.
Denton’s Death Date from Insurrection Media centres on Denton Little: a high school student whose death date is only a week away.
While Black from Indigo is a docu-series that explores racially charged social issues through disarmingly candid conversations led by author, film-maker, recording artist and educator MK Asante.
BuzzFeed’s upcoming daily afternoon show will bring viewers the latest celebrity, entertainment and sheer OMG moments blowing up the Internet.
In Dead of Night from Bazelevs, a teenage girl must escape a quarantined city full of zombies armed with only her phone.
Compton Dreams from October Films is a docu-series following the highs and lows of 3 up-and-coming artists from Compton.
In Stranded with Sam and Colby from Bunim/Murray, 2 paranormal investigators go off-grid into a cursed Pennsylvania town.
We’re so grateful to our partners for joining us to shape the future of mobile storytelling. And we’re happy to report that the new format we’re building together is working!
Over the last year alone, the time Snapchatters spent watching shows has nearly tripled1. Endless Summer was a hit, reaching over 28 million unique viewers during its first season2. And with The Dead Girls Detective Agency, over 40% of viewers that completed the first episode went on to watch the entire first season3. Both of these Snap Originals, and also Deep Creek, have been renewed and will be back this summer!
With Snap Originals, we’re creating amazing shows that can be experienced almost anywhere. We can’t wait to launch these new series and more in the coming months! Learn more about the upcoming Snap Originals here.
Enjoy the shows!
1Snap Inc. internal data Q4 2017 average vs. Q4 2018 average
2Snap Inc. internal data 01/10/18-22/03/19
3Snap Inc. internal data Q4 2018
Snap Partner Summit | The future of Lenses
Almost 4 years ago, we introduced Lenses: a whole new way to see your selfie!
The first Lenses we made were for self expression. Next came World Lenses: 3D stickers, Bitmoji and dancing hot dogs overlaid on the world around you. Most recently, we launched Snappables – games you can play with your face!
In just over a year, more than 400,000 Lenses have been created by our community, and people have played with those Lenses over 15 billion times!1 We’re introducing Creator Profiles to help Lens Creators showcase their work and learn more about their audience.
We call them Lenses because they don’t just filter your world. They allow you to immerse yourself in something new. We believe that, someday in the future, these kinds of experiences will be layered on the world around you with new ways to talk, create, learn and play.
Today, we’re making it easier to find the right Lenses at the right time.
Just press and hold on your Camera screen to Scan the world around you.
Scan a maths problem to get the answer, or a product to see results on Amazon. Scan your dog to give her goofy glasses, or a song to see the artist. Scan the sky to see whales swim over the horizon, or scan your hand to watch butterflies emerge as you open your palm.
Today’s Lens Studio update now includes even more templates for augmented reality creators – including Landmarkers, which empower creators to build Lenses that can transform the world's most iconic landmarks in real-time. There are also new templates for hand-tracking, body-tracking and more, which you can use to create Lenses that could appear when Snapchatters use Scan!
1Snap Inc. internal data Dec 2017-March 2019
Snap Partner Summit | Plug into Snap Kit
To date, more than 200 apps have integrated with Snap Kit, powering all sorts of unique experiences that bring some of Snapchat’s most popular features to partner applications, and allowing Snapchatters to create Snaps using creative tools built by our partners.
Today we’re excited to announce new Snap Kit experiences:
Introducing App Stories
App Stories allow Snapchatters to share content right from the Snapchat camera to a Story inside another app.
Share a Snap of your hidden talent to a Story on your Tinder profile.
Share a Snap of your day to a Story on Houseparty.
Share a Snap of your latest trip on AdventureAide to inspire customers to join you next time.
Conversation is so often about the content and causes you care about. We’re excited to announce that, soon, you’ll be able to share custom stickers from your favourite services right on a Snap.
Use Netflix to share the show you’re watching.
Use Breaker or Anchor to share the podcast you’re listening to.
Use Anghami (in the Middle East) or JioSavvn (in India) to share a song you love.
Use GoFundMe to share a meaningful cause.
Use VSCO to share a beautiful photo with your friends on Snapchat.
With many of these integrations, friends can simply swipe up to watch, listen or donate on their own!
Bitmoji Kit helps our community bring their Bitmoji with them to even more places.
Use Bitmoji to add context to your payments on Venmo.
Watch your Bitmoji react, right on your wrist, as you move with Fitbit. Now that’s self-motivation!
Introducing Ad Kit
Ad Kit allows developers to access our new Snap Audience Network and bring our popular mobile ad format, Snap Ads, to their apps. This will help our partners grow, and offer advertisers new ways to reach the Snapchat community.
We’re accepting applications for Ad Kit and App Stories (part of Story Kit) at SnapKit.com from today.
Today we’re excited to introduce a new way to celebrate your friendships on Snapchat. Just tap on a friend’s Bitmoji to find your Friendship Profile.
In each Friendship Profile, you’ll find the images, videos, messages, links and more that you and your friends have saved in Chat, all in one place. Friendship Profiles make it easy to find your favourite memories and the important information you’ve saved over time. It’s the fastest way to find the highlights of your friendship.
Friendship Profiles celebrate your relationships in a private way – each friendship will only be visible to you and the person (or Group!) that you are friends with on Snapchat.
Friendship Profiles will be rolling out slowly to Snapchatters globally over the coming weeks.
Introducing Snap Camera
Today we are excited to introduce Snap Camera: a free application designed for desktop that invites anyone to experience the fun of Lenses while using their computer.
With Snap Camera for desktop, choose from thousands of Lenses, including classics made by Snapchat as well as new designs created daily by the Lens creator community through Lens Studio. This means more streaming and sharing with Lenses – now on more devices!
To get started, download the Snap Camera app on your desktop device. Snap Camera syncs with the camera connected to your computer and works with some of your favourite video-sharing platforms and apps. This means wearing Lenses while recording your next Youtube video, or even while streaming with apps like Skype, Google Hangouts and OBS. We’ve also developed a custom Snap Camera integration just for streaming on Twitch.