With fellow messaging apps WhatsApp, Viber and Line starting to offer video and voice calls through their platforms, how could Snapchat be far behind? The company too, now reportedly intends to start offering such services which are seemingly becoming synonymous with such software in recent times. The information comes through a post on XDA, where two Android developers who go by usernames MaaarZ and stirante, are reporting that they stumbled upon some obfuscated code in the latest versions of Snapchat, which seems to indicate that the California-based company is at least working on new audio and video features for its platform. As to how that will be incorporated within the app itself is anybody’s guess, but if true, the company is at least trying to go head-to-head against other popular networking apps that are already offering such features for some time now.
Coming to some of the discovery that led MaaarZ to claim that Snapchat will be joining the VoIP bandwagon, Snapchat has reportedly added “a new Snap type, called AUDIONOTE”, whose “constructor class is called ‘ChatAudioNote’ originally, after obfuscation it’s called ‘Mi’, the class called ‘Vn’, originally ‘AudioNoteCacheWrapper’ reveals that the extension of the files are .mp4”. The post also reveals that the recording will not be stereo, at least to start off with, seeing as the code indicates MONO recording with AAC encoding at a sampling rate of 44,100 kHz at a bitrate of 32,000. The devs also point out that they couldn’t find any code that would limit the size or length of audio recordings.
There are also other indications that seem to suggest that video calling is also something that Snapchat is looking to introduce to its app. The post points out that in the layout “chat_v2_incoming_talk”, there are “several clues”, including references to “chat_stream_audio” and “chat_incoming_video”. The chat screen will probably also come with the ability to go fullscreen (“@drawable/chat_audio_fullscreen”). The OP concludes by saying that, “One can clearly see that video and audio calls are coming to Snapchat”. While there’s been no official response thus far from the company regarding these claims, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if video calling does indeed come to the platform, seeing as the company has been slowly but steadily introducing new features, including News and Paid Replays.