The Snapchat app on Android is infamous for a lack of quality and a lack of consistency. Video and image quality ranges from impeccable to potato-like depending on your device of choice, performance is inconsistent and buggy on virtually any phone and there is a complete lack of polish or optimisation across the board. Android users have been complaining about this for a while now, and it seems their prayers have finally been answered - Snap Inc. is building a new Snapchat app for Android from the ground up.
In their quarterly earnings statement to investors, Evan Spiegel stated:
"the ground up that we will launch in select markets before rolling it out widely. This new version of our application leverages everything we have learned about building for Android over the past 5 years, to provide a more performant prodyct experience that we know our community will appreciate...(this) will be a huge focus over the coming year. After seeing the results of increasing Android performance over the past few months, with significantly more Android users added than iOS users in September, we wish we had done this sooner."
This is bound to be met with a positive reception from the Android Snapchat community, as these issues have been persistent for years. Seeing developers and companies address user issues is always a sign of good community engagement at a company, and we're happy to see Snapchat, a company that has historically ignored users, finally responding to users and their needs.
What do you guys think? Are you a regular Snapchat user? Do you expect this to help improve your Snapchat experience on Android? Are you happy to finally see Android getting some love from Snap. Inc? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.