Android users finally have a brand new — and improved — version of the Snapchat app accessible to download.
The android version of Snapchat has long been criticized for being inferior to the iOS version on the market for those with Apple devices, so an overhaul to the app will come as welcome news to many android owners.
Snapchat proclaimed Monday on Twitter that it had discharged a Snapchat update “rebuilt just for android.”
The app should be out there to download now from the Google Play store, however at least one Android-owning Business insider reporter wasn’t able to update the app on their phone, so keep checking Google Play throughout the day.
An update to android’s Snapchat app has been long-awaited and is very overdue. Snapchat has known for a minimum of 3 years that its android version has had problems. Android users have documented and complained oftentimes regarding the app’s frequent crashing and poor quality camera.
Need a sampling? One Reddit user wrote in last year that the android app “runs worse than literal dog s–t.”
“By far the worst app experience I’ve ever had on any device is certainly Snapchat,” another Reddit user wrote in 2016. “I can’t even take a photograph let alone apply any of the filters or text to it without waiting a good minute for the app to be somewhat usable. What’s going on here Snapchat?”
On its face, the new Snapchat looks precisely the same as its predecessor design-wise. However, the camera has been utterly revamped. Here are 2 pictures I took, one with the old Snapchat app and one with the updated version.
Considering that android devices account for over 80% of the worldwide smartphone market, the Snapchat update is long overdue. The app’s poor quality explains why Snapchat’s biggest decline in daily active users recently was among android users, as Snapchat chief executive officer Evan Spiegel explained to analysts in an earnings decision in October.
The updated android app might facilitate to mitigate a number of Snapchat’s woes and combat a decline in daily users. However, Snapchat’s central demographic is basically younger millennials and gen Zers, who overwhelmingly own iPhones.
Fortunately for Snapchat, gen Zers still cites the platform as their favorite social app, in line with a recent survey of teens from Piper Jaffray.
The Snapchat update should be obtainable for android users to download within the Google Play store.