Snapchat is now the latest prominent app to start using the Play Store beta testing mechanism to get new features in front of users sooner, something we've also seen from Facebook. If you haven't already heard of Snapchat, think of it as a service that could have saved Anthony Weiner a great deal of headache. Users use it to send photos, videos, and text messages that automatically delete from the recipient's device and the server after a set amount of time. New features that can currently be found in the beta include Swype keyboard support and a new size-sensitive drawing canvas. If you want in on this action, here are steps straight from the Snapchat team:

To install the beta:

  1. Join our Google+ Community. If you maintain multiple Google accounts, make sure to join under the one that you use on your Android device.
  2. Opt-in to the beta.
  3. Uninstall and reinstall Snapchat.


After completing these steps and re-installing the app, you should see a "Snapchat Beta" option under settings. Dig around here to find the features exclusive to beta users. And while you're checking these features out, be a good beta Samaritan and report any instability you encounter. Hopefully one bug won't be the failure to delete that picture of you that, in retrospect, you probably should not have shared. Oh well, at least you didn't tweet it.

Source: Snapchat

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://addisontodd.com/ Addison Todd

    Link doesn't work to opt in.
    Edit: works.

    • Darkbotic

      If you don't join the Google+ Community it won't work.

      • http://addisontodd.com/ Addison Todd

        I had joined the community, but was on the wrong Google account. All's well, have the beta.

  • sponplat

    Does it fix the black bar issue on the s4?

    • Mike Spo

      I don't know about S4, but it seems to have fixed that same issue I was having on my CM10.1.2 S3

      • sponplat

        Thanks, unfortunately it's still present on my s4 (running stock).

  • ThaSik1

    Can finally use swipe style keyboard and it not jumble the words :D sad how much auto-spacing has spoiled me lol

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  • Andrew

    Does Snapchat still publicly share your "top friends"? That is an epic privacy fail and there's no way I'm using it with that 'feature'.

  • Robert Scheib

    Does anyone else only see usernames and not real name on their friends list? It also won't show me all my friends who have snapchat when looking to add them.

  • jeux999

    And yet still no capacity to draw on videos....?

  • PamelaLibrarian

    "think of it as a service that could have saved Anthony Weiner a great deal of headache." Nice summary of the app, Bertel!

  • troph

    3 easy things to make snapchat so much more user-friendly

    1. The current UI doesn't make any sense. Why is there separate notifications for sending, delivering, opening, saving screenshots? Takes up so much space, and makes it impossible to follow if you send a snap out to a lot of frienda. It should be one line of notification, and updates (perhaps shows icon for each, sent, received, opened, etc)

    2. Favorites should be decided by the user, or at least allowed to pick how many you want to keep on snapchat "speed dial"

    3. Offline snapchat should be allowed to be saved and sent later. Sometimes connections are lost, or in a low connectivity area, and then you lose the snap you're trying to send (Retry almost never works for me, always just deletes and fails to send). This would not only be great for mobile users, but also let ppl without data plan to join snap chat, adding to your overall base.

    • Kie

      I agree

  • Judith

    Hi Abby this is Judith!! I would like to know if you want to come over tomorrow!!! Love you!!!

  • Thomas Lockyer

    I like the functionality of this app (although I barely have a use for it) but it has the worst UI I've ever seen. Less clutter and more Holo please.

  • Max Muster

    I don't understand the second step. Could somebody help me please?

  • Max Muster

    Step 2 won't work with me. What should I do?

  • kelsey

    Can't do this both the links not working for me. Help me please I really want this.