Snapchat’s redesigned redesign starts rolling out

Snapchat’s redesigned Friend and Discover pages.
Image: Snap

Snapchat says it is currently rolling out yet another redesign to its app to iOS users. Late last year, Snapchat launched an overhaul which earned the wrath of dedicated users who hated the new layout. That led to 1.2 million people signing a petition in hopes that Snapchat would revert the redesign to its original form. The company acknowledged that the “new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many,” and now the company is yielding to some of those requests for change.

Snap says the new layout puts Snaps and Chats in chronological order again, and moves Stories from your friends back to the right-hand side of the app. When you open the app, it launches the camera, so you can easily swipe left to access the right-hand screen where you’ll find your friends’ content. Like the previous redesign, your friends’ Stories will still remain separate from branded content. Snap has also added a separate Subscriptions feed so you can search more easily for Stories from popular creators and publishers.

We’ve previously reported that Snapchat’s redesign isn’t helping it make money — for the first quarter, the app grew its global users, but it made less money per user. Today’s update was first announced by Snap CEO Evan Spiegel in the company’s first quarter earnings call on May 1st.

At the time, Spiegel said the company was working on optimizing the redesign:

“We learned that combining watching Stories and communicating with friends into the same place made it harder to optimize for both competing behaviors. We are currently rolling out an update to address this by sorting communication by recency and moving Stories from friends to the right side of the application, while maintaining the structural changes we have made around separating friends from creators and sorting friends’ Stories by relationships.”

Snap says the update is currently rolling out to “the majority” of users on iOS. There’s no word yet on when the update will be available on Android.


Yet again, we’re left in the dust

Same shit, different shovel

Uh so when should Android users expect that backend update that fixes the snap quality issues. You know, the one where the app takes a screenshot of the camera viewfinder instead of actually sending the full photo…

Since when did they say that needed fixing? That’s just how Snap works on most Android phones because of the fragmentation of the platform.

when did they say that needed fixing?

Do they need to say it needs fixing, for it to need fixing? I couldn’t believe it when I read that’s how it works!

Yea for something to need fixing it has to be broken. That’s how they intended for it to work. I believe only Galaxy phones & the Pixel use the actual camera. There are simply way too many Android devices to account for all of the various cameras during the constant development of this App. This was a proper solution to Androids fragmentation. They aren’t the only App that does this. Instagram has as well.

How come this doesn’t happen with IG?

Facebook…. Instagram was using a similar technique prior to Facebook’s acquisition. They’re a much larger company now.

That’s complete and utter garbage. Camera apps developed on a shoestring budget by no-name developers can figure it out, but Snap can’t?

If that’s actually true they fully deserve to go out of business.

When a camera App’s primary focus is the camera & not social interaction, it’s a lot easier to put resources into developing for the innumerable number of cameras on Android devices. But when you’ve got to deal with the workload of managing a social network that currently isn’t profitable you have to select where resources would be best spent. Snapchat is all about ephemeral content, so quality isn’t as important. The quality of the images is sufficient for the vast majority of users so there’s no need to put more money & resources into an area that most people are ok with when you’re already struggling to survive.

Instagram was able to start developing for the innumerable number of cameras on Android after they were bought out by Facebook & had their resources & wealth at their disposal. Snapchat doesn’t have that leeway.

So, did Snapchat tell you all of this or are you just pulling this out of your troll hat? You speak as if what you say is true, as if Snapchat’s devs told you. It’s obvious Snap is playing favorite pet!

Absolutely ludicrous.

Yet absolutely true.

I despair at the state of Android if it’s such a hard platform to work with that they’re unable to take a photo… using a camera.

While Android’s fragmentation plays a role this has less to do with that then it does simple resources & priorities.

Snap just made a decision that fell in line best with their resources & priorities. Snap isn’t about the highest quality photos as much as it’s about social interaction. The content is ephemeral. The quality isn’t as bad as the idea behind what they do to capture it makes it seem. It’s good enough for most. The ones who complain are a vocal minority. This is probably at the very bottom of the list of issues people have with Snap.

Ugh, yeah that’s the redesign that they’re redesigning. It has nothing to do with the camera.

No, the Android app rebuild is different from the redesign that rolled out slowly from December to February (and is being redesigned again). That rebuilt Android version has yet to roll out in any test capacity.

The full quote: "To attract more Android users, we are building a new version of our Android application from the ground up that we will launch in select markets before rolling it out widely."

The redesign was not the "from the ground up" rebuild.

You know this how?
First thing that popped up in my search. It’s been widely reported that the CEO has acknowledged they did a piss poor job on the Android app.


Speigel stated that the company’s development team will be creating the new Snapchat app for Android, based on what the team has learned about Android app development for the past five years.

UI redesign

At the same time, Speigel said that the Snapchat team is also working on an overall redesign of the app, in an effort to make it easier to use among a wider audience.

What makes you think the UI redesign wasn’t a part of the rebuild? Why do you think the version of Snap you may be using on Android with the new UI isn’t the new build as well? There’s nothing here suggesting those two things would be separated or combined so all there is are assumptions.

Man, they made it really, really obvious that the full rebuild of the Android app was unrelated to the redesign they announced in the fall. I don’t know why you’re struggling with this. They haven’t rebuilt the app yet.

It’s not just about image quality, it’s about speed. First, they have enabled "true camera" capture on the Pixel 2 and some other devices. For most phones though, using the "true camera" severely slows down capture time. They’ve made a judgment call to favor faster capture time over image quality. Given the use case of Snapchat, I think that’s probably the right call.

The screenshot is the right size for the recipient and uses less data than a full resolution. It’s not a photography app, it’s a messaging app, and the messages should take up the least amount of data and load time.

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