09 December 2019
In the past couple of years, Snapchat has worked heavily towards redesigning its app with the goal of making itself appealing to new users including adults. Its last major redesign did not go too well as many of the users actually stopped using the app. Now, The Verge has reported that Snapchat is working on another major redesign of Android and iOS applications.
A tipster shared a bunch of screenshots of two tests that Snap is conducting with a small set of users. The first test is said to about painting the app with a new design to make it easier to use. The second test is about offering the latest and breaking news stories within the main application.
Snapchat's new design features a total of five tabs meant for Snap Map, Chat, Camera, Community, and Discover. All of these tabs are accessible via a bottom navigation bar which is a first for Snapchat. The stable version of that app has only thee main sections for chats, camera, and Community. The app launches with the camera interface and a user need to swipe right to access chats and swipe left to access community posts. The newly added navigation bar will help users know which section they are on and where to tap for accessing a particular section.
As for providing the latest and breaking news, Snapchat will keep the functionality limited to well-known and reputed news publishers like the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. The limitation has been put in place to reduce the chances of misinformation getting spread. It will show news stories with a headline and a photo and tapping on the headline will reveal the detailed story.
Snap has already confirmed both of these tests revealing that these tests are being conducted with the help of partners and with a small set of users. It has not said anything about when these changes and new features will become available to everyone.