Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Snapchat's new update causing uproar on social media

Snapchat's new update causing uproar on social media

Snapchap is rolling out a controversial new update in the United Kingdom that completely changes the app's design.

The new update also includes a new "Friends" page when you swipe left, where you can see Stories from friends you chat with frequently.

Alternatively, you can navigate to Snapchat's page in the Play Store, hit the menu icon (which consists of three vertical dots), and then deactivate automatic updates for Snapchat specifically.

The updated app still opens the camera, but nearly all other aspects have been overhauled.

Swiping right will take you to an overhauled Discover page that serves you Stories from publishers, creators, and community.

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"There is a strong likelihood that the redesign of our application will be disruptive to our business in the short term, and we don't yet know how the behaviour of our community will change when they begin to use our updated application", Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said at the time.

If you haven't received the new update and want to avoid the million steps it takes to downgrade Snapchat once the update does arrive on your device, do yourself a favour and turn off automatic updates now (or, you could suck it up and embrace the new design).

If you're here, however, because you've heard the new Snapchat update sucks and want to ensure you don't have it forced on you by an annoying auto-update, we can definitely help. The Snap Map has also moved, and now appears on the Discover page.

From there, you'll be able to turn off auto-update for Snapchat.

Despite a largely confused audience, the company is still expected to draw more than a 72 percent increase in quarterly earnings due to new augmented reality features, the popularity of new sports content and exclusive features from media networks, makeup artists, YouTubers and celebrities.

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Jacob was more vocal with his critique: "Yeah the new snapchat update really is as bad as everyone was saying. the simplicity of snapchat was the only thing keeping me from fully switching to IG stories".

If your app doesn't automatically update, head to either the App Store (for Apple devices) or Play Store (for Android devices), and install the update from there. Most of the features were shuffled around, causing confusion among most of the app users.

There are many comments and statements that bash the new Snapchat update, but the users will just have to get used and enjoy whatever the company made for them. Click the Applications tab, then select Apps in the iTunes sidebar, and find Snapchat (or the app you want reinstall in iTunes' Apps list).

Or you could just embrace the change.

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