Another Snapchat Redesign is Coming

Another Snapchat Redesign is Coming

If you use Snapchat but have been frustrated with it recently, there’s some good news. Snapchat is getting a redesign…again.

You may remember how Snapchat released their new redesign in some areas back in January. When it was first released, it was only in some countries, like the UK, and the change immediately caused an uproar. Users began pleading with Snapchat to let them revert back to the old system. And once it rolled out in the US, even more people began venting their frustration, which lead to Snapchat making it clear the redesign was here to stay.

The main problem stemmed from the way Stories were suddenly mixed in with messages. It made the design cluttered and unnecessarily difficult to navigate for many users. People wanted their Stories and messages to be laid out in a more organized way (they were separate from each other before the redesign).

Now, according to The Verge, some users are getting a new version rolled out to them that should address some of the concerns. The new update is currently rolling out to many iOS users, The Verge reports. In the new update, Stories and messages will go back to chronological order, and the Stories will be on the right side of the app once again.

This should hopefully eliminate some of the complaints that have been pouring in for months. Of course, Snapchat has already had to deal with months of mockery and frustration. Social media has been filled with memes and jokes at Snapchat’s expense after their poorly-received redesign, and users were likely not happy with Snapchat’s response saying that they would be keeping the new version despite the users’ anger.

The Verge notes that the newest update is currently coming for many people on iOS, but it’s not currently clear when Android users can expect the change.

Instagram Adds New Features & Will Let You Download Data

Instagram Adds New Features & Will Let You Download Data

Instagram has been in the news very recently for their newest updates and for a recent announcement. Instagram users will now be able to use some new features, and they’ll also soon be able to download copies of their entire data history.

Reuters reports that Instagram, which is part of Facebook Inc, will soon let its users download their data. This announcement comes while Facebook is dealing with the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal (which you can learn more about in my recent articles “Third-Party Data on Social Media” and “Facebook and Its Data Scandal”). Because of the mishandling of their data, Facebook users (and users of many different social media platforms) have become much more concerned with how their data is being used. This has led to many updates from Facebook on how third-party apps and user data will be handled. And now Instagram has joined in with their plans.

Reuters reports that Instagram users will be able to download data like photos, videos, and messages. There’s currently no word on when this tool will be made available.

Meanwhile, Instagram has added some new features. According to TechCrunch, Instagram’s new update includes a new filter called Focus. Focus is a portrait mode that can be used in Instagram’s camera to take both photos and videos. It blurs the background of a portrait photo, making the subject of the photo stand out more sharply. This style was previously available in other apps and on certain phones. With Instagram’s Focus feature, though, more people will be able to take portrait photos.

They’ve also added stickers for mentions, says TechCrunch. This feature is currently rolling out for people using iOS. Instead of simply tagging someone using text, you’ll now be able to tag them using a sticker. This makes Instagram posts a little more customizable and fun. It’s not clear when everyone will gain access to these stickers.

Which Photo Editing App Should You Use?

Which Photo Editing App Should You Use?

Our cameras are a hugely important feature on our devices these days, but have you figured out which app can best help you edit the photos you take?

There are a lot of photo editing apps out there, and some social media platforms (like Facebook and, obviously, Instagram) have some editing features already built in. But these apps might not do everything you want. Since you’ve likely already seen what Facebook and Instagram have to offer, I’ll skip them for this article—but make sure to consider whether you’re getting all you need from those apps already.

If you’re looking for an app to make it easier to work with your photos, take a look at the following apps to see which is best for you!

Adobe Photoshop Express (Android or iOS)

Cost: Free
What it offers: Adobe’s mobile version of their staple program, Photoshop, can do a lot. It’s suggested that it’s mostly for professional use, as opposed to being just for casual, fun photo editing. You can use it to do things like create collages, make basic tweaks (crop, rotate, etc.), fix blemishes, add filters, make corrections, add a watermark, and much more. There’s a lot you can do with this app.

AirBrush (Android or iOS)

Cost: Free
What it offers: This app is intended to be used by those who enjoy taking selfies and pictures with their friends. It’s specifically designed to let users make cosmetic edits. You can do things like hide blemishes, whiten teeth, make skin glow, add filters, and more.

Photo Editor Pro (Android)

Cost: Free
What it offers: You can use this app to make a wide variety of fun edits. You can add things like stickers and text, make collages, add filters and frames, make basic edits (crop, rotate, etc.), and more. They also specify that it’s a useful app for making memes.

PhotoDirector Photo Editor App (Android or iOS)

Cost: Free
What it offers: This app claims you can use it to make your smartphone photos look as though they were taken “on a Canon or Nikon.” You can do things like make collages, remove unwanted objects in photos, add photo effects, make basic tweaks, and more. You can even use the in-app camera to add effects while you’re taking a photo.

PicsArt Photo Studio (Android and iOS)

Cost: Free
What it offers: Using PicsArt, you can make a wide variety of fun edits to your photos. You can make collages using free templates, make basic edits, add filters and frames, add stickers and clipart, make your own stickers, draw on your photos, take photos with the in-app camera, and more.

Pixlr (Android or iOS)

Cost: Free
What it offers: This app can help you make useful edits, and it can also let you make fun changes to your photos. You can create collages using customizable templates, combine photos, fix color and add filters, retouch photos, make basic edits, add cartoons and text, add borders, and much more.

Snapseed (Android or iOS)

Cost: Free
What it offers: Snapseed, Google’s mobile photo editor, lets you make “professional” edits to your photos. You can do things like add filters, retouch photos, adjust color, make basic edits, add text, add glow to portraits, change the photo’s style, add frames, and more.