Earlier this morning, Rudy Huyn rolled out an update to 6snap, his unofficial Snapchat client for Windows Phone. However, that update was evidently built on a 'preview' compiler causing unforeseen crashing when the app was launched on people's phones. Due to the glitch, Huyn pulled the app until he could push out a second update to apply a fix.
Now, version 22.214.171.124 is live in the Store and with it comes a handful of improvements and modifications, including a fix for the earlier crashing.
- Use 2 times less network bandwidth
- Improved design
- Play snaps in the right order
- Use latest Snapchat API
- Fix for earlier crashes
All in all, a rather solid update for the Snapchat client on Windows Phone.
Recently, Snapchat has begun cracking down on all third-party applications across platforms due to concerns over security. In short, when third-party apps act as a middleman for account information and logging in, data can be compromised if a nefarious app is accidentally used. Such a scenario is what lead to 'the Snappening' hacking event a few weeks ago where over 90,000 Snapchat photos were posted online.
It is not clear if Huyn's usage of the latest Snapchat API will foil the company from detecting it as a third party app. Snapchat has warned that continued usage of unauthorized apps could lead to a user's account being locked, eventually even permanently.
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