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Snapchat is quietly testing a hands-free mode and new, full-body camera lenses

Snapchat is quietly testing a hands-free mode and new, full-body camera lenses
From Mashable - March 2, 2018

Throw your hands in the air, and wave them like you just do not care...because Snapchat is now quietly testing a hands-free mode.

The latest Snapchat beta app (version 10.27.0.18) lets users take up to 60 seconds of video without having to hold down the record button during the duration of the recording.

To activate the feature, users press the record button, then drag downward, and simply let go. Snapchat will still break up videos into 10-second clips, a feature that is currently available for any recordings lasting longer than 10 seconds.

The update does not appear in Snapchat's app notes for beta users, but a prompt is shown when a user records a video according to a member of Snapchat's beta program, who spoke to Mashable on the condition of anonymity.

Here's what hands-free mode looks like:

This new hands-free mode is yet another decision by Snapchat that departs from how the app originally worked. Snapchat users formerly had to hold down a button on their smartphone screens to view snaps and Stories, until an app update in July 2015. But Snapchat users have begged for a hands-free functionality for years, and it's also something that Snapchat's competitor Instagram Stories currently offers.

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