Tag: Snapchat

Snap Games launches leaderboard games for friendly battles

Snapchat has been adding games as a way to keep friends engaged with each other. And now the company’s Snap Games division is introducing Leaderboard Games, which is a new format that allows Snapchatters to challenge their friends to competitions. The idea is to connect friends through the shared experience of playing games. Sometimes though, friends […]

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App Annie: The biggest apps and games of 2019

No doubt you’ve heard of Facebook Messenger, the top non-game app of 2019 in terms of downloads. But how about Free Fire, the battle royale mobile game made by a Singapore company named Sea and its Garena business division? Free Fire was the most downloaded game of 2019, according to mobile market data and analytics […]

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Snapchat Is Aiming to Grow Its User Base with Newly Released Ageing Filter

In a bid to rope in more users, Snapchat has introduced yet another AR lens. Snapchat’s new AR lens seems to be heavily influenced by FaceApp which offered an age filter. Earlier this year, the company experimented with Baby filter and is said to have tasted success with the same. Fancy seeing your aged version? […]

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Verizon and Snap team up for Snapchat 5G augmented reality features

Over the past few years, Snapchat has become one of the world’s most popular soft augmented reality tools, adding photo and video filters that apply special effects to faces or buildings in real time. Today, parent company Snap and Verizon announced a partnership that will leverage the latter’s 5G cellular network for new augmented reality […]

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Snapchat’s Time Machine lens uses AI to age and de-age selfies

If you weren’t convinced yet that artificial intelligence will eventually be able to do pretty much anything, Snapchat is about to show you just how powerful machine learning can be — for free. Today, the popular social media app is adding a new lens called Time Machine that’s capable of aging and de-aging your face […]

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Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau interview — Bouncing back to fast growth

Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau has been doing some victory laps in recent quarterly earnings calls. The maker of social mobile games like FarmVille, Merge Dragons, and Empires & Puzzles is back to strong growth. For the third quarter ended September 30, Zynga reported its highest quarterly revenue and bookings in history ($345 million and $395 […]

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Snapchat’s new 3D Paint feature makes it easy to create your own AR snaps from your camera

Snap is introducing a new 3D Paint feature that enables Snapchat users to easily create new augmented reality (AR) snaps directly from their camera. This latest launch represents part of a growing AR investment push from Snap which in the past couple of months alone has included raising $1 billion in debt and launching new […]

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Snap grows daily active users in Q3 2019, but revenue guidance sends shares down 5%

(Reuters) — Snap on Tuesday forecast fourth-quarter revenue largely below Wall Street estimates, sending its shares down 5% in after-market trading. The parent company of photo messaging app Snapchat estimated fourth-quarter revenue of $540 million to $560 million, the midpoint of which was below analysts’ estimate of $555.4 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. […]

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Snapchat’s latest mobile game is Subway Surfers Airtime from Sybo Games

Sybo Games has launched its endless runner game Subway Surfers Airtime on Snapchat’s mobile game platform. Copenhagen-based Sybo designed the game for Snapchat’s real-time multiplayer gaming platform, Snap Games. It is a side-scrolling multiplayer racing game that lets up to ten players surf, slide, grind and glide across a slick 2D cityscape, all in a […]

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Snapchat boosts Lens Studio with new Landmarkers, templates, and guides

While the Snapchat mobile app is Snap’s most popular offering, its desktop app Lens Studio lets users easily create augmented reality lenses that can be applied on the go. Today, Lens Studio is adding a collection of new features designed to appeal to a wider range of creators — inexperienced newbies and pro 3D modelers alike […]

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Quasi-AR baby steps are preparing us for true AR’s digital future

Though I only occasionally write about augmented reality, I sift through plenty of “news” these days that is kinda-sorta AR, but not really. For example, if you believe that a TV show is using “augmented reality” to superimpose weather graphics on the screen next to a live meteorologist, AR has been commercially available for decades. Video […]

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Snap Announces Spectacles 3 With Dual HD Cameras, Augmented Reality Stickers, and a Steep Price Tag

Snapchat today announced Spectacles 3 with 3D cameras, a new frame, and an equally higher price tag. The new Spectacles are notably more powerful than their predecessor and the dual HD cameras make it an ideal device for AR purposes. The Spectacles 3 feature a “strong, lightweight steel frame” with circular lenses. This time around, […]

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Snap debuts dual-camera Spectacles 3 glasses to create 3D AR content

Snap’s prior forays into the hardware world haven’t been as notable as its popular social media app Snapchat, but the company is apparently committed to seeing how far its Spectacles wearables can go with users. To that end, it today revealed Spectacles 3, glasses with dual cameras built in to capture 3D depth, which it […]

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Snap is raising $1 billion to invest in content, AR, and possible acquisitions

(Reuters) — Snap on Tuesday said it will raise $1 billion in short-term debt and plans to invest in more media content, augmented reality features, and may also buy other companies. The parent company of the popular disappearing messaging app Snapchat has revived its user growth and stock price after a rough 2018. It introduced […]

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Snap stock spikes 9% fueled by new Android app and AR photo lenses

(Reuters) — Snap’s Snapchat on Tuesday beat analysts’ estimates for user growth and revenue, getting a boost from a better version of its Android app and the launch of new augmented reality photo lenses. The company said the number of daily active users rose to 203 million in the second quarter ended June 30 from […]

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Why Snapchat is making mobile games like Bitmoji Tennis

Over the past eight years, Snap has made one of the world’s most popular social chat clients with Snapchat. And lately, the company has been giving its users more things to do, including playing instant games. I spoke about Snap’s game efforts with Will Wu, head of Snap Games and director of product; and John […]

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