Snapchat expands to Android, photo shares top 20M per day

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Snapchat is rolling out a new version of its photo messaging application optimized for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system.

Introduced for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS in Sept. 2011, Snapchat enables users to capture photos (a.k.a. "snaps") with their smartphone, overlay a text message and transmit the image to friends--the photo is available to the recipient for a pre-determined viewing period between just one and 10 seconds, and then it is permanently deleted from both smartphones and from Snapchat's servers.

Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel tells TechCrunch that iOS device users have now shared more than 1 billion snaps and are exchanging 20 million new photos each day or 231 per second, up from 25 images per second in May. Spiegel declined to disclose the number of Snapchat users: "That's not really what matters to us," he said. "We care about the frequency of use and long term retention of our customers."

In addition to the new Android app, Snapchat plans to update the iOS version prior to the holiday season. Spiegel promises the update will really expand the service, with additional enhancements slated for early next year.

Despite frequent comparisons to photo-sharing app Instagram, purchased by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) in April, Spiegel contends that Snapchat has no interest in acquisition offers. "There's no way I'm going to work for anybody else," he said. "I don't think you're going to see us selling any time soon."

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