Through a new web app, Snapchat features including snaps, conversations, and video calls will soon be available to users on desktops. The company is now offering its service on devices other than smartphones for the first time since the app’s inception, all the way back in 2011.
This new feature is set to launch exclusively for Snapchat Plus subscribers in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, before becoming widely accessible to the rest of the social media platform’s users.
There’s a caveat though; the web app will only be able to run on Google Chrome, so users who use Apple’s Safari or any other browser will have to install Chrome in order to use the feature.
Users will officially be allowed to chat with friends though video calls and send photos via the web app without having to use their smartphones. The web app is abound with features that made Snapchat one of the most popular media and messaging apps amongst many young users.
The ability to start a chat on your phone and pick up where you left off on your PC will guarantee an uninterrupted and seamless chat experience. Users will be able to make and receive voice and video calls on the Snapchat web app in addition to sending text Snaps. While Lenses won’t be available right now (though it will be later), popular features like Chat Reactions and Chat Reply currently are.
In a video statement, the company shared that the feature launched on July 18 only for certain users, saying:
“The best of Snapchat’s calling and messaging will be coming to the web! Open your computer, head to web.snapchat.com using Chrome and start a call or pick up right where your chats left off on mobile. Snapchat for Web will have all of our favorite features, including Chat Reactions, Chat Reply, and Lenses which will roll out soon. So, fire up your laptop, and call your best friend… Snapchat is now available on web.”
In case you missed it, Snapchat+ introduced premium subscriptions, which is a paid version of the app (at a price of $3.99 per month) earlier this summer. This was a major step for the company to move away from an old financial revenue model that mainly relied on advertising.
In other related news, check out Snapchat’s new AR Shopping feature, and earlier this year, Snapchat started allowing users to share live location with friends.
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