Unofficial Snapchat client, Swapchat updated with improved Windows Phone 8 support and more

Swapchat, if you're not familiar with the name, is an unofficial Snapchat client for Windows Phone. We previously looked at the app when it was released on the Windows Phone Store, joined by a free version. The developer published version 1.2 to the store, which addressed numerous minor bugs and fixed some problems, but today we've got version 1.3.

So what's new in this latest release? Well, quite a lot actually. We're not looking at mere bug fixes and minor improvements. The developer has updated the app to use the v5 "Banquo" Snapchat API, implemented more Windows Phone 8 support and added numerous new features and functionality. If you've not tried this Windows Phone client yet, we strongly urge you togive it a go.

Swapchat Screens

Here's a rundown of what's included in 1.3:

  • Updated API to Snapchat v5 "Banquo" (should be faster and more reliable)
  • Added WP8-native version
  • Added toast notifications for new messages
  • Added lock screen support (WP8 only)
  • Fixed Live Tile support
  • Improved friends management with a dedicated interface
  • Added ability to view a friend's best friends and score
  • Added recent friends on sending page
  • Tap-to-focus on viewfinder
  • Front-facing camera is now used by default (if available)
  • Added support for emoji on the caption (WP8 only)
  • Reduced text size to better match Snapchat's captions
  • Added ability to reset password when login fails
  • Fixed time setting not remembered between app launches
  • Fixed faulty time zone conversions
  • Fixed camera crashes when using hardware buttons
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes

We're sure everyone will be pleased to see the above implemented, especially if you're an avid user. You can download Swapchat from the Windows Phone Store for $1.29. A free version is also available (right QR code), but is still on 1.2 for now. Thanks to Brad and everyone else for the tips!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.