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Snapchat's new, rewritten Android app to bring faster and cleaner user experience

09 April 2019 3

It is a well-known fact that Snapchat app performance is really worse on Android as compared to the iOS counterpart. It takes time to load and once it does get loaded, using the app itself is a relatively slow experience and people even end up facing unexpected bugs and app crashes. To make things worse, it captures mediocre shots and videos on Android devices. The whole messed up situation is something Snapchat acknowledged in 2017 and now, it is all set to release a completely new app with the hope of correcting everything that has been wrong.

Snapchat's new Android app has exactly the same appearance as the previous one as the developer team has solely focused on making under the hood changes and improvements. The app has been re-written from scratch as the team realized that working on the older codebase was not going to be fruitful. It started working on the new code in early 2018 and has finally achieved the goal it set for the new code.

The biggest roadblock in front of developers was the sheer diversity of Android devices. There is no single blueprint for developing an app that will work the same way on all the phones regardless of their manufacturer and internal components. The same holds true for camera performance and post-processing of images which differ from device to device. This is the reason the team opted for an end-to-end modular approach for the new Android codebase. It is said to be helpful in delivering faster and smoother app performance even on low-end devices.

The team has started to roll out the new Snapchat Android app with a full release expected to happen by the end of 2019. It means you will have to wait for the update to arrive on your particular device. As mentioned in the beginning, you will not be seeing any visual changes to tell you that you have the newly rewritten app. The only signs that can tell you that will be a faster app launch time and overall smoother performance. Once the team is satisfied with the performance aspect, users can expect to see new features coming their way as well.


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