There have been rumors flying around not too long ago of Twitter engaged on an “Information Digital camera,” which might convey a Stories-style feature to the social community. And, effectively, it seems that is partially true. At SXSW 2019, Twitter is launching a revamped digital camera for its app that may make it simpler to tweet photos and movies. This new digicam, which begins rolling out to customers in the present day, has the potential to be one of many largest modifications to Twitter up to now few years — proper up there with the corporate’s shift to 280 characters. Whereas that could be the case, the brand new function nonetheless feels very very like Twitter although, not a clone of Snapchat or Instagram Stories.

When you get the replacement, the very first thing you may discover is how a lot faster it’s to enter the digicam now: All it’s a must to do is open the Twitter app in your cellphone, swipe left and also you’re in. From there, you will have the Seize and Reside choices. With Seize, you’ll be able to both do a fast faucet to snap an image or maintain it for a few seconds to document a video — these might be as much as about two minutes proper now, however, Twitter says that may doubtless change sooner or later. In the event you hit the Reside button, you may then stream to your followers using Periscope, Twitter’s video-streaming service.

The digital camera opens to the view out of your smartphone’s rear lens by default, however, you’ll be able to faucet a button on the highest proper to modify to selfie mode. Twitter’s VP of Product, Keith Coleman, stated that is by design because the hope is folks seize what is going on round them. That stated, he informed Engadget that Twitter will hold an in-depth eye on how persons are utilizing the up to date digicam and construct new options based mostly on that. “That is a part of a lot greater transformation on Twitter,” he mentioned throughout a media preview. “Plenty of the [other] cameras faces ahead, however, Twitter is about what’s happening in the world. The digital camera is only designed to be quick, and we’re comfortable to let folks use it nevertheless they select to.”