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You Can Now Chat And Have Live Video Conversations With Your Friends On Snapchat

Updates are out for both iOS and Android devices.

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The ephemeral messaging service Snapchat has released a new update in which users can chat and have live video conversations with one another.

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The update is available for both iPhone and Android users. The latter need to have the latest update of Google Play services for the new Snapchat features to work.

After conducting tests in the BuzzFeed U.K. office, we learned you can also send images from your photo gallery. This is a big change from earlier messages from Snapchat, which have relied on sending live photos or video only.

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The changes come after Instagram Direct was introduced to the social network in December.

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Instagram Direct allows users of the app to send images to one another privately.

Snapchat users can enter a chat conversation with friends by swiping right on their name on the inbox screen. Once users leave the chat screen, the messages will be deleted.

If both users are chatting simultaneously, a blue circle will appear notifying one another they are both online, at which point users can have a live video conversation.

You can find out more about the update here:

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