App Name: Snapchat

Developer:  Snapchat

Cost: Free

Market : Google Play


The discussion never ends. There is a train of thought that states Android has better applications than any other operating system around. In fact devices with the OS enjoy unprecedented popularity thanks to the built-in apps they come with. What was lacking was Snapchat.

It seems like it was just days ago that users were lamenting about the lack of Snapchat on Android phones. The application seemed to be firmly entrenched in the Apple operating system world, showing up in iOS6 but not in any of the Android devices.

Now we hear good news that this very popular app is finally making its way to your Android phone. Snapchat is a photo app, but it’s not merely that. Ordinary photo apps let you tweak pictures and send them with ease, which is good. But what if there’s a picture you regret sending? Or one that you’d rather not be seen by people? Once it’s left your phone, there’s precious little you can do about it. Snapchat saves you from a lot of embarrassment by letting you decide when the pictures you’ve sent will be deleted.

Once you’ve shot a picture, set a time limit between 1 to 10 seconds for the picture to delete and send the picture. The recipient gets to view it for that stipulated period of time before the image is deleted. As you can quite imagine this app has a host of followers delivering over 20 million photographs every single day and being on Android means more fans for the app. Seeing how more and more younger people are getting on the smartphone or device bandwagon, this free app, meant for younger people more than anyone is bound to be popular.

Snapchat ties neatly with social media sites which allow editing of the content. Why should that idea not apply for phone image transfer too? Yes, there’s always the screenshot option where a recipient can take a quick picture in the ten seconds he or she is allotted. But it isn’t always an easy thing to do and most people might not take the effort. The app also gives you a sense of spontaneity where you can share instantly what you’re experiencing at that particular moment and continue to do so, without taking up too much space.

There is a concern that the app will be used by younger demographic, teenagers especially to send inappropriate content, perhaps even from the classroom. But Snapchat works on instantaneous pictures and that’s unlikely to happen in a classroom. But it will help for parents to talk to their children and explain what the app is about and how it can be used-or misused.

There’s a certain freedom that comes with a ten second deletion- you can be crazy, ridiculous, uninhabited, because you know that in the end there will be no evidence of it remaining. Besides, imagine all the space you save because of the deletion option.

The Snapchat application is available on the Android devices and it’s free so check it out.

About the Author: Sasha loves to write about technology stuffs in any field. She has been a writer/blogger for four years and currently working for Internet Bundles where you can find great offers and details about Verizon Internet.