Snapchat is coming to computers after more than a decade of mobile service

Snapchat on Monday announced the rollout of a web-based version of its mobile messaging app. Photo courtesy of Snap Team/Website

July 18 (UPI) — Some Snapchat users may be moving their phone conversations to their computers as the service, which has been mobile-only for more than a decade, rolls out Snapchat for the web on Monday.

“With over 100 million Snapchatters using our voice and video calls each month on average, we’re excited to offer our community a new way to continue conversations on their computers, where they already work, learn and browse,” a statement from the Snap team said.

For now, Snapchat for web is only available to Snapchat+ subscribers in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, as well as other users in Australia and New Zealand, according to a statement from parent company, Snap, which plans to bring the new service to the wider global community soon.

Snapchat+, which offers “exclusive, experimental, and pre-release features in Snapchat for $3.99/month,” rolled out late last month, according to a previous release from the company.

The messaging app launched in 2011 by Stanford University students has become popular with young people with personalized cartoon avatars and images and messages that disappear after 24 hours. This decision may appeal to users who have since grown up and use computers to chat online.

The web version will focus on messaging features as opposed to its Stories feature, which displays a collection of images and videos, but similar to the mobile app, messages will still disappear within 24 hours. Snap said it will bring more mobile features to the web over time.

The lenses, which use augmented reality to apply special effects to images and transform their appearance, will soon be rolling out to the web version, according to the company’s release.

To access the web or desktop version of Snapchat, users can “go to web.snapchat.com using Chrome to start a call or pick up where they left off on mobile,” the company said in its statement. .

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