Snapchat has uploaded a new set of lenses that not only work on human faces but also on dogs as well.
Available now, these lenses are pretty much self-explanatory. These are similar to regular lenses that identify human faces and overlay augmented reality effects on top of them. Funnily enough, a number of lenses on Snapchat turn people into dogs but now, actual dogs can use Snapchat.
Snapchat Releases Special Lenses For Dogs
Users can access these lenses on the viewfinder screen and point the camera at their dog. Depending on the lens used, the dog's face will look goofy, comedic, or downright adorable. It's worth noting that this isn't Snapchat's first attempt to cater to animal audiences. Last month, the app added support for special lenses that work on cats.
Currently, only a handful of lenses can work on dogs, according to Snapchat, but more are in development and launching soon. The company failed to provide specific dates for these future lenses, however. The current ones that are available include lenses that overlay glasses, butterflies, floating dog bones, and others.
Perhaps Snapchat is still perfecting its dog recognition abilities. Google is another company working on animal and even object recognition, so Snapchat might learn a thing or two from the search company. In any case, expect more of these lenses to arrive down the line.
Other Snapchat News
In other Snapchat-related news, another company is pulling a Facebook by copying one of Snapchat's core features. WeChat, the ultra-popular messaging and multi-tool platform in China with over a billion users, has launched something called "Time Capsule," which are photos or videos that disappear after 24 hours, much like Snaps.
The move is surely going to affect Snapchat's business as it tries to keep afloat as a publicly traded company, not to mention, as it tries to recoup lost users over Facebook's multiple copying antics. Nearly all of Facebook's services, including Instagram, Messenger, and even WhatsApp, now implement ephemeral photo and video-sharing abilities, a fact Snapchat definitely isn't too pleased about.
Make sure to check back with Tech Times as we observe how Snapchat performs in the coming year. In the meantime, feel free to share thoughts in the comments section below!