You can now add links, voice filters, and backdrops to your Snaps

The latest update to Snapchat will let you embed hyperlinks, change your voice, and add creative backdrops. When will Instagram follow suit?

Snap Inc. is rolling out a new update to its image messaging with three new features, possibly in an effort to further differentiate Snapchat from Facebook’s clones.

Paperclips: the first feature, which Snapchat calls “Paperclips,” essentially introduces the ability to embed links to external websites within your Snaps. Previously, Snapchat only allowed certain Discover content and advertisements to include links, but now any user can send links to memes, events, news, shopping items, and more just by tapping the paperclip icon on the main screen. If you receive a Snap containing an external link, it’ll show up at the bottom, which you can swipe up to access.

Snap Inc. will apparently use its own trust and safety tools as well as Google’s Safe Browsing service to filter hyperlinks and warn users of potential scam, malware, and inappropriate websites.

Backdrops: probably my favorite feature from this update, Backdrops are similar to the AR filters that Snapchat already offers, but instead of the camera detecting your face, you get to cut out the objects you want in the foreground. Tap the scissors icon, trace around the main object, and apply the Backdrop you like.

Voice Filters: as the name might suggest, these let you change your voice when sending Snap videos. Whereas before, voice filters were a part of Snapchat’s visual filters, now you can tap the speaker icon to access voice-only filters.

These new features as well as the recently-added Snap Map feature will certainly offer Snapchat users something that they cannot get in other social media apps, but if Facebook’s past behavior is any indication, it’s probably a matter of time until Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp see a similar update.

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Recent updates

Snapchat adds Snap Map

June 21: Snapchat is adding a new feature called Snap Map, which gives you an overview of where your friends are on a map as well as what they’re up to. Simply pinch to zoom out, and you have your Map. You can share your location with friends or keep it to yourself in Ghost Mode. On the Map, you’ll see Actionmoji of your friends who have shared their locations, which you can tap to see their Stories. Whether it’s a music festival or a BBQ party, the idea is that you’ll be able to see what your friends are up to nearby and join them if you’re looking for something to do.

Custom Snapchat Stories

May 23: Snapchat is rolling out a new feature for users that’s an expansion of its popular Stories. This new addition will allow users to create custom Stories with their friends, based around a shared event or location. You can not only add friends as contributors to these Stories, you can also choose who can view it. This is certainly going to be a welcome feature for hardcore Snapchat users. In addition, there’s also a way to Geofence the communal Story, which we’re assuming means you’ll only be able to see it if you’re in the predetermined place.

Limitless Snaps

May 9: The new “Limitless Snaps” options will let you send Snaps that don’t expire after ten seconds or less. When you receive a limitless Snap, you can view it for as long as you’d like, then close it when you’re done. After you close the Snap, the image will delete as usual. There’s also a new Loop tool for videos. This lets you decide if your Snap plays just once or loops until the recipient is ready to tap to the next Snap. Lastly, the new Magic Eraser tool allows you to censor a certain part of an area on your photo. This new tool can be found under the Scissor tool option.

World Lenses arrive

April 18World Lenses let you add augmented reality-powered 3D lenses to the world around you. Just fire up the camera screen in the Snapchat app and make sure your rear-facing camera is activated. You can then add a cloud, a rainbow, flowers, a floating ‘OMG’ sign, and more. These are just a few of the objects you can add at the moment; Snap says the lineup will change daily.

Bitmoji widgets on your home screen

March 15: Snap Inc. has just released a new update for Android and iOS that introduces a much easier way to chat with your friends. If you’re the kind of user who chats with a handful of people on a regular basis through Snapchat, now you won’t have to go digging through your entire friend list to start up a new chat. After installing the new update, you’ll be able to select your favorite/most-contacted friends and add Bitmoji widgets to your home screen for quick access to that person.

Snapchat beta brings bundled notifications

February 6: In the latest Snapchat update, beta version, Snap Inc. has added bundled notifications to the app, making the Snapchat notification area more useful. Notification bundles rolled out as a feature of Android 7.0 Nougat and allow developers to make their notifications collapse when more are added to the notification area. These notifications can be expanded when you tap on them to reveal more detailed information about each individual message, like when it was sent and by whom.

New search bar

January 26: Snap Inc. has added a new search bar intended to make finding friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories, easier. The interface has been refreshed and is now more colorful and easier to navigate.

Group messaging

December 14: Though it was previously limited to one-on-one conversations, Snapchat now allows for up to 16 people to take part in group chats, as of version Like with a regular Snapchat message, group Snaps can be opened once and played once before they are deleted and will remain available in the group for 24 hours after being sent. The new interface also allows you to tap another members’ names to jump into an individual conversation with them.

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