Seems every piece of news that comes out of Snapchat these days has to do with filters. Now, there is a new update, and your guess is as good as mine—another filter-related feature has just been added by the ephemeral picture sharing app. This time around, the app has added a new augmented reality feature called Sky Filters. It has the capability of automatically detecting sky in your images and repainting same with different atmospheric looks as reported by TechCrunch.
The new filters are already available to both iOS and Android users—and if you haven’t spotted it on your phone, you probably need to update it directly from the App Store or Play Store as the case may be. Snapchat has promised its users that the filters will be rotating daily to slot in different effects, including different virtual weather, storm clouds, rainbows, sunset starry skies, and other Sky Filters.
The new Sky Filter feature works by recognizing available sky in the frame. Once you swipe through the available filters, the filters will immediately show up—and trust me, they are not as scary or intimidating as the 3D Bitmoji the company added few days ago.
Animated 3D Bitmoji that interacts with their environment debuted on Snapchat a couple of days ago. The animated Bitmoji were added to World Lenses, which means you can take avatars of yourself and have them dropped straight into your surroundings.
Snap made all the elements available to users with a Bitmoji app linked to Snapchat on both iOS and Android. Users can unlock the World Lenses by simply scrolling through the lens carousal on the rea-facing their Snapchat camera. That’s where the real fun kicks off; the 3D Bitmoji takes over your screen with an icon representing each of the settings. Point your Snapchat camera at a surface to place your bitmoji and experience live animation with a brief scene.
The animated scenes can be controlled by moving, walking, or scaling around the 3D experiences. Snapchat also allows you to share your footage with friends or if you like, post them to your story.
Interestingly though, Snapchat has also integrated the new animation into its recently launched multi-Snap feature that is available on iOS. What this means is that you can make recordings that last longer than the usual 10 seconds.
Bitmoji and World Lens are a cool new addition for younger millennials considering how popular the ephemeral messaging app has turned out to be. A recent report revealed that the ephemeral messaging app remains the number one service among younger millennials aged 18 to 24 in the US.
Regardless of the report, Snapchat still has a lot of work to do if it wants to either catchup with Instagram or match its recent achievements.
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