In Depth: This is what Snapchat could look like very soon
Stickers and voice messages could be coming to Snapchat, matching the service up to the less-ephemeral messaging apps on the market.
The leak, uncovered by Snapprefs, shows off each feature working similarly to other apps like Line or Facebook Messenger, where users can send their choice of voice or sticker missive in addition to the usual static image or text.
Not only does Snapchat seem to be a taking a design note from other messaging apps, but the inclusion of stickers in particular could provide the app with a new way to monetize.
Following the closure of its selfie lens store in favor of sponsored filters, Snapchat may have better luck finding consistent revenue with stickers - competitor Line, for example, has been stacking reasonably-sized stacks thanks to its sticker marketplace.
In addition to new features, video calls are also getting a redesign on the app. Despite being a feature on Snapchat for a while, the feature goes mostly unused due to both participants needing to be on the chat thread simultaneously.
The new video chat system appears to notify when someone is online or wanting to call, as well as give options to stream video or just audio.
Snapchat has not unveiled any of the leaked features in an official capacity, and could simply be testing out ideas before putting them out to the public. That said, it is more than probable that stickers and improved voice chat will make its way to the app at some point in the future.
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Snapprefs, Mészáros Marcell, Piotr Brzozowski, & Jani Andsten (via TechCrunch)