Ever since Facebook-owned Instagram started copying Snapchat, in a big way, Snap has been working harder to reshape its app. Snapchat users may soon get to see a redesigned app for Android and iOS. The latest version of the app will also sport a breaking news section. Last year, Snapchat hit a mark of 203 million daily active users. The number may be lower than Instagram but it certainly shows some growth.
A new report suggests that Snapchat is testing bold new design changes that could help reshape the app in several ways. Snapchat users may soon get to see a redesigned app for Android and iOS. The redesigned app will have a new home for the Snap Map and video programming. In another expected update, one will be able to stay connected to the happenings around the world as the app is likely to provide headlines of breaking news.
The redesign would bring five distinct sections in all and a new navigation bar at the bottom of the app. The new black navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, on Snapchat, will link to the Snap Map, Chat, Camera, Community, and Discover sections. Currently, Snapchat is split into three main sections but the company could be looking to expand these into five, eventually.
The Snap Map may finally receive its dedicated section. As of now, Snapchat users have to swipe down on the main camera section to view it. It’s also nearly impossible to access from anywhere else in the app. A new section called Community, which looks like the current Discover screen would feature connect from recommendations and people you follow.
Snapchat’s reported redesign may make the app easier for newcomers. One of the issues with Snapchat used to be that new users found it extremely hard to make sense of the app. Small changes in the design helped users, but the said redesign may take things to a whole new level for newly signed up Snapchat users. Snap is also looking to add a new news section to Snapchat. Titled ‘Happening Now’, this section would offer curated news headlines from Snap’s select set of partners.
It includes the latest headlines from publishers like NowThis, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. It features one-sentence headlines, and once clicked, takes you to a full-screen news brief with a photo and relevant information.
There’s no clear word on when this massive redesign will roll out to all users. Since it’s currently being tested, it’s obvious that Snap may or may not go ahead with all the changes.