While Snapchat is known for allowing users to send disappearing chats and photos, called snaps, video calls have become a popular feature of the app, according to the company. Snapchat said its app hosts more than 100 million video calls each month with up to 15 participants each. Now he hopes that service will become easier and more enjoyable to use when people join these calls from a desktop computer.
As with the app, the web version of Snapchat opens directly to the camera to encourage users to send photos to friends. In a sidebar, users will see a list of their recent chats with friends, where they can open snaps or start a chat. The web version won’t include all the features of the mobile app, such as the “Snap Map” where users can follow their friends or the discovery section – at least to start, according to the company.
“With so many of our community members spending more time online, whether for remote learning or working, streaming or just browsing, we saw a huge opportunity to enable our community to stay longer. easily connected throughout the day,” a spokesperson for Snap, the app’s parent company, said in a statement.
To protect user safety and privacy, Snapchat for the web prohibits users from taking screenshots of chats or snaps (the app alerts users if someone screenshots their chat or photo). The company also created a “privacy screen” to hide the Snapchat window if users click elsewhere.