Snapchat wants to be like Google; it’s adding a new feature that will let you add restaurant reviews, reserve booking, and book Uber or Lyft within the app. Called context cards, the new tool will allow the ephemeral picture-sharing app to surface information related to a particular business or restaurant when you view a Snap related to that place, Mashable reports.
Here is how it works: When next you view a Snap that is a part of an “Our Story,” Snaps that include contextual information will have a “more” menu. Once you swipe up on the Snaps, you will see a feed that includes details such as business hours, reviews, ratings, and contact information—all related to that location.
Snapchat has partnered with some popular third-party companies to make context card a success. Some of these companies include, Uber, Foursquare, OpenTable, Lyft, Booktable, goop, TripAdvisor, and Resy. More companies will probably be added to the list in the future—and that of course, could depend on how successful the feature turns out to be.
With context cards, Snap is sort of diversifying—and probably telling the world that it has more to offer than providing picture-related services. The potential is huge, and despite being a new feature, Snap could evolve into a company that offers almost similar services like Google.
Snap added another filter-related feature only a couple of weeks ago. This time around, the app 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.
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 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 last month. 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.