Snap is shutting down its desktop digital camera app that permits customers to use filters throughout video calls • TechCrunch

Snap is shutting down its digital camera app for the desktop that permits customers to use filters like cat ears and pirate hats on video calls. The corporate stated on a support page that the product might be discontinued on January 25, however didn’t say why it was abandoning the app. Customers gained’t be capable of obtain or use the Snap Digital camera after the deadline.

The corporate first launched Snap Digital camera in 2018 for creators to make use of with video conferencing apps like Skype, YouTube, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom. The app, obtainable on each Home windows and Mac, allowed customers to change between totally different face filters throughout a video name or a reside stream.

Customers may get a clean display after the Snap digital camera will get disabled later this month, so it’s better to uninstall the app and change to your default digital camera.

The corporate stated that suitable AR lenses will work with the net model of its app, which was launched final July.

In response to a creator on Twitter, Snap stated that it’s focusing extra on increasing Digital camera Equipment entry for the net.

“We’re adjusting our web-based investments for the AR creator & developer neighborhood to concentrate on increasing entry to Digital camera Equipment for Net. Keep tuned for more information this yr, and you may maintain utilizing Lenses in your pc with Snapchat for Net,” it famous.

The discontinuation of the Snap Digital camera app — noticed first by The Verge — is just not totally stunning. Final yr, it reduce 20% of its workers and shuttered its drone product months after first launching it.

In December, the corporate additionally introduced that it’s planning to close down the location-based social app Zenly, which was acquired in 2017. As the corporate will now concentrate on ecommerce partnerships and paid lenses to generate extra income with a sized-down staff, facet tasks like a desktop digital camera app might be expectedly slashed.