Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel recently teased that his company plans to redesign the Snapchat app to make it "easier to use," and now more details of the update have surfaced.
This redesigned Snapchat app will launch on December 4th, according to Business Insider. The new look app will still open to the camera like the current app, but the rest of the app is expected to get refreshed.
To the left of the camera will be all of the communication from your friends, including messages (which is to the left of the camera now) and your friends' Stories (which is currently to the right of the camera). To the right of the camera will be a personalized feed of videos from Snapchat partners like NBC and BuzzFeed.
As part of Snapchat's Q3 2017 earnings release this week, CEO Evan Spiegel said that Snapchat often hears that its app "is difficult to understand or hard to use." Snapchat is responding to these complaints by refreshing its app, and while we'll have to wait and see the redesign in action before making any judgments, the design described in today's leak sounds like it could make using the app easier to understand by clearly separating all of your friends' content with the publisher content. This could also make it easier to jump between messages from friends and their Stories.
Spiegel also said that his company is "building a new version of [its] Android application from the ground up" to improve performance. Spiegel says that the rebuilt will require lots of engineering resources and that it'll be a "huge focus over the coming year." This app will launch in select markets before rolling out to everyone.