According to reports, the California-based technology company plans to launch its own Android-based smartphone.
Daily Mail reported on Friday that the company behind Snapchat and Spectacles is contemplating the release of an Android phone that would come with features other than the camera. The product is also said to work and is synchronized with Spectacles.
Lately, the rumored Snapchat phone is still in the initial development process. There is already a phone concept courtesy of a California-based marketing firm, but nothing has yet been established for certain. Based on the recently filtered information, the phone could come with buttons that would make it easy for users to scroll through the different Snapchat filters. The device could also have this one-touch capture feature for quick and easy sharing of videos and photos. Also mentioned is a 360 degree camera.
Other filtered details point to a special lock screen that has shortcuts to notifications, messages, updates and sync of Spectacles. A “Discover” screen, on the other hand will display GPS, maps, Snapchat stories and announcements.
Daily Mail also learned that Snap Inc. hired about 50 hardware engineers and product designers recently, so it is possible that the company could be serious in releasing this Android phone to the public.
Although Snap Inc. has yet to comment on the rumor, the company that created the phone concept, Mediakix, has already spilled the details. The company president and founder Evan Asano said:
“Snapchat’s growth is declining because of Instagram. We were thinking about how they could be more innovative than their competitors and given that Snapchat has re-qualified as a camera application, we think about what could be changed in a mobile device to make the camera and messaging at the forefront” .
The news about the Snapchat Android phone comes after Snap Inc. made public its presentation on the stock exchange earlier this month. The company at that time sought to raise $3 billion.