Snapchat’s latest features in relation to the new year include poll stickers, individual chat replies in group discussions, Bitmoji reply reactions, and others. All of the features are available in the latest version of the app.
The poll stickers can be used for creating emoji-focused polls that can then be shared in Snaps and Stories. It is a fun and creative way to measure friends’ responses to poll questions. Snapchat explains that the “Polls were designed with transparency in mind - you can see how your friends voted to help ensure responses stay thoughtful and kind.” The stickers can be accessed from the sticker folder in the app.
With the individual messages reply option for group chats, Snapchat is providing a way for users to specifically address comments with individual chat threads. The same functionality is available in Messenger as well. With the help of such an option, it becomes easier for people to understand messages sent in group chats and have an improved messaging experience. The individual messages reply option in Snapchat can be used by holding down on a message in a chat and tapping ‘Reply’.
The Bitmoji reply reactions is Snapchat’s own unique form of reply reactions that uses Bitmoji characters to give reactions a personalized touch. A total of seven Bitmoji reactions are available to choose from.
In addition to the above features, Snapchat has updated its video and audio calling interface in an attempt to make the calling experience more interactive and fun. Users can now add Lenses in video calls, which is a major addition, and preview the participants of a group call before joining it.
While all the new Snapchat updates are similar to what other social platforms have added to their apps, Snapchat’s features are still distinct in their forms.