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Snapchat beefs up its capabilities with features including group chat and Shazam

By Minda Smiley | Reporter

December 13, 2016 | 3 min read

Snapchat has rolled out four new features in the hope of holding the attention of its users on the popular messaging app even longer.

The new features include a Shazam partnership, group chat, and two new “creative tools” that have been dubbed Scissors and Paintbrush.

Via its Shazam tie-up, users can now simply Shazam a song by holding down on the app’s camera screen. Once the song title and artist appear on-screen, users have the option of listening to the track within Snapchat.

Credit: YouTube

Credit: Snapchat

Snapchat has also added group chat to the app, a feature that will let users communicate with up to 16 friends at a time. To avoid spamming its users with group chat notifications, Snapchat will let users know which members are chatting within a group but won’t send a notification for every single chat sent. Just like regular chat, stickers, bitmojis, voice notes and video notes will be available in group chats as well.

The app’s new Scissors tool – which will premiere on iOS before launching on Android – will let users cut out part of a snap on the preview screen to turn it into a sticker. What exactly the Paintbrush tool does is a little less clear, but according to Snapchat, it will let users turn any snap into “an artistic masterpiece” and can be applied to snaps within Memories.

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