Snapchat has released a revamped version of it’s Android app that they had been rewriting since 2018.
The new version of the Android app has lesser bugs, is faster and less laggy. Although, there are no changes to it’s UI or visuals.
Snapchat had first announced that it was going to fix all the problems in it’s Android version in late 2017. When Snapchat’s developers found the problem in the Android app’s user experience, they spent months making improvements.
The new version is designed with keeping the significant factors of the Android network at the core. The Android ecosystem has a varying range of hardware supporting contrasting features, many of which are also low-end devices. Which was the reason Snapchat ran the updates through a broader set of test devices.
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In the process they realised, making improvements wouldn’t improve the user experience. Jerry Hunter, SVP-Engineering, Snapchat in a statement made to Android Authority stated, “We found, toward the end of nine months, [that it] was sort of asymptotically getting harder to create more improvement and it was still not good enough. That was really a consequence of a code base that had just been built, I’ll say naively, based on the need to get features out quickly”.
Therefore, Snapchat decided to rewrite the Andoid version from the ground up. The extensive part of the rewrite is done and the improved version has been released. Jacob Andreou, VP-Product, Snapchat said, “With this new foundation I wouldn’t be surprised if you actually see things starting to come to Android even before iOS sometimes”.
The revamped version’s release before it’s announcement was well-received, though few think the updates are a “little” late.