Snapchat photo shares surpass 350M per day, thanks to Android
Snapchat users are now sharing more than 350 million photos each day, increasing from 200 million in June 2013, CEO Evan Spiegel said.
Speaking Monday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Spiegel credited Snapchat's traffic surge to the growth of its Android userbase. The photo-sharing app launched on the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) operating system last October, more than a year after debuting on Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS. Spiegel said daily Android installs have increased 50 percent over the last month alone.
Snapchat enables users to capture photos (a.k.a. "snaps") and clips with their smartphone, overlay a text message and transmit the image to friends. Content 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 completed a Series B financing round in June totaling $80 million, vaulting its pre-money valuation to a reported $800 million. The company recently released Snapchat Micro, an app optimized for Samsung Electronics' new Galaxy Gear smart watch, and Spiegel said Monday that wearable technology is "something we'll continue to explore with a wide variety of products." He also said Snapchat is not working on or even considering an app for Google Glass, explaining "I think the glasses tend to feel a little bit more invasive."
Spiegel said Snapchat is also considering options to improve the social media feed paradigm. "The interesting thing about a feed is that the more content you consume, the more photos, videos you look at, the farther away in time you get from your friends…and that doesn't make you feel very good," he said. "We've really been putting a lot of time into thinking about the feed." Snapchat does not currently support feed options.
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