Faster, cleaner Snapchat for Android is on the way (VIDEO)

When you have a popular, innovative messaging app like Snapchat did, the best way to screw things up is to change the UI and move around popular features. Like Snapchat did. Users were so upset with the changes made last year, that some of them even posted a petition online demanding that Snapchat reverse the changes.

Thanks to the usual hard work done by Jane Manchun Wong, a computer science student who goes by the Twitter handle of @wongmjane (and who has been a source for some of our stories in the past), the previously announced new version of the Android app, dubbed Snapchat Alpha, could soon be on the way. After Ms. Wong initially discovered the new version, an XDA recognized Android developer named Kieron Quinn enabled the app.

Like Snapchat promised, the new version of the app is faster and smoother. There are also some design changes. The friend's list now has a black navigation bar, and the icons are more polished. The new Snapchat stories menu looks more like the Instagram Stories menu. There are also a few other changes, although all of them could be reversed by the time the app is ready to be launched.

XDA created a video showing how much faster Snapchat Alpha runs compared to the current version of Snapchat. You can check it out by tapping on the video at the top of this article. If you are rockin' an Android phone and you use Snapchat, you are going to be looking forward to the release of the new app. 

source: @wongmjane via XDA



1. ijuanp03

Posts: 659; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Too complicated for non-millenial


Posts: 460; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Wtf how

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Generation X here and I don't find it too complicated at all.

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 664; Member since: May 02, 2016

Too late Snapchat.. too late!

5. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Does the Android version still take a screenshot of the view finder vs the actual photo from the camera? Thinking of switching to my Android as my primary, but don't wanna lose snap quality.

6. Rager722 unregistered

Same, if they still didn't update that, the it's pointless..

8. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I know right, I'll be amazed if in 2018, Snap is still crippled on Android.

7. BigVanVader

Posts: 52; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Never used Snapchat, me

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