Snapchat for iOS and Android updated: Two-step authentication, battery filters and more!

Popular instant messaging service Snapchat which became popular for snapping and sharing photos and videos has revealed an updated version for the app.

Popular instant messaging service Snapchat known for disappearing photos/videos has announced an updated version for its app for Android as well as iOS. In the updated 9.9.0 version, Snapchat brings in new features such as double tap to switch between rear and front camera while sending snaps, login verification via SMS along with new battery filters that users can add to snaps when they have full battery or low battery.

The double tap feature in Snapchat allows users to switch from the rear to front camera or vice-versa while trying to send snaps on the app. This feature could turn out to be beneficial for those who wish to make short films or looking to add creativity to snaps and videos.

Another important feature is the two-step login verification wherein users will need to put in a code that will be sent to them via SMS on the registered number. This is a popular method which has been followed by Google and Twitter to keep accounts safe. Once this function has been set up, users can store a recovery code, which could be used to retrieve the account if the phone linked to the account is lost or damaged. This feature can also be turned off by heading to the 'Settings' feature on the app.

In addition, Snapchat has introduced new battery filters. This feature allows users to add something extra to snaps when the battery is full or low. The feature turns out to be helpful if a user wishes to share the device's battery capacity with another user.

Earlier this month, Snapchat impressed investors when it received $537 million in a round of fresh funding. The vanishing-message service did not disclose who bought stakes in the Los Angeles-based company, which came at a price estimated to give Snapchat a value of more than $15 billion, according to media reports.

US media reports indicate that Snapchat investors in the latest round of fund raising include Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Alibaba committed to a $200 million investment in Snapchat.

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