Snapchat Gets Design Overhaul, In-app Profiles, and Speed Enhancements in Significant 5.0 Update

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Snapchat may have its X-rated uses and a bit of sexual connotation when mentioned, but I think the app is actually great at solving one of the biggest problems with texting: the inability to express emotion. I use the app daily for legitimate conversations, and I only seem to use it more and more as I have better and more understandable talks with friends.

One problem the app has had, though, is its design and functionality. It’s notorious for its crashes and sluggish, ugly interface. Today’s update to the app, dubbed “Banquo,” fixes a lot of the biggest complaints regarding Snapchat and even packs a new paint job. The interface is still a bit confusing to me, but the new design is quite nice. Check it out on the App Store and hit the break for the full changelog. (more…)

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Poke vs. Snapchat: Which is Better?

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I have to be honest. The second I saw that Facebook had released its Snapchat competitor, Poke, I thought the former was done for. This was the end of what became the frenzied iPhone instant communication app. But oh, how I was wrong. How I was oh so joyfully wrong. Less than a week after initial release, Snapchat sits at a comfortable red-hot 3rd place, with Poke falling, slowly, leaving it now at number 34.

In case you don’t know, both of these apps offer a unique messaging experience, allowing you to send expiring pictures, text, and video to your friends. Snapchat was the innovator of this interesting concept, but Facebook announced on December 21st that “Poke” was going to enter the battleground. Coded in 12 days, poke sought to overtake Snapchat, taking advantage of integrated Facebook features and an already-existing friends list — something you had to recreate in Snapchat.

Do you use either of these apps? If so, which of the two do you prefer? Sound off in the comments!

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