If you’re a big Snapchat user, you’ve likely gotten used to the simple interface, and minimal options that come along with customizing images. The app previously lacked filters except for some hidden ones, such as typing “b&w…” as the caption, which would change the image to black and white, or other similar filters. However, today the app has been updated to officially include new filters, as well as some other major updates.
Along with filters, the app now has the option for smart filters, which are simply filters that will add the time, temperature, or current speed. While these seem interesting, I find it hard to see how useful these filters will be. In addition, the app now includes other features such as new caption fonts, and perhaps my favorite, a front facing flash. Yes, for the first time, the app now gives users the ability to have a “flash” for the front facing camera by flashing a blank white screen at the time of the image. This essentially has the same effect as the rear flash, but allows users to now take selfies in the dark, rather than having to attempt to use the rear camera. If you’ve ever tried to use the rear camera for a selfie in the dark, it’s pretty tricky. Below is the full changelog for the update.
What’s New in Version 6.1.0
Introducing Additional Services
Smart Filters – Add data overlays to your Snaps!
Up to 7 Best Friends
To enable additional services go to Settings > Additional Services > Manage
As noted by the last line in the changelog, all of these features must be enabled by going to settings within the app, but there is no harm in enabling some of these features. As a Snapchat user, I’m pretty excited about some of these features, most notably the front facing flash. Are you excited about the progress made by this update? Drop your thoughts below, or tweet me at @TiP_Griffin, and be sure to check out the app in the iOS App Store.