Snapchat releases a Time Machine lens and your data is completely safe

Ageing apps have become all the rage recently, and now Snapchat has released a Time Machine lens that very much taps into this trend. Time Machine features a slider that enables you to change the appearance of your age by dragging it across the screen.
Snapchat Time Machine
Snapchat’s new Time Machine feature promises to reignite the popularity of photo ageing. Photo: Piqsels.

Machine learning

The Snapchat Time Machine lens uses advanced machine learning and training models in order to alter your facial features, making you look younger or older in real-time. The new lens has been made available for both Android and iPhone users, although the intensive machine learning requires means that it can only be accessed on certain devices.

On Android, Time Machine works with a list of newer devices that includes the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy A70, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Y7, Huawei Y9, Redmi Note 7, OnePlus 6T, and Google Pixel 3a. The developer has yet to confirm which iPhones it will be compatible with, but based on the list of Android devices, we shouldn’t expect anything predating the iPhone 7 to feasibly support the app.

User data

While such applications can be good fun, there have also been questions raised about the safety of user data. For example, the FaceApp filter is capable of making users look 20 years older than their actual age. But this software encountered significant opposition when it became clear that it required “full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data.”

Snapchat lenses
Lenses has become an extremely popular feature on Snapchat, and Time Machine takes advantage of this. Photo: Snapchat.

But the new Snapchat Time Machine feature deletes all data saved by the app within 24 hours of accessing it, ensuring that the program isn’t excessively intrusive. This means that the craze of presenting yourself as both younger and older than your current age could be set to reignite once more.

The latest addition to Snapchat is accessed via Lenses Carousel on the Snapchat app, which can be operated by pressing the smiley button, or tapping on the screen, before locating the icon that represents the Time Machine lens.

Front and rear-cameras

Interestingly, the software works equally well with both the front and rear-camera sensors of any smartphone. This means that the app is more flexible than similar systems that have been released previously, although it should be noted that there can be a gulf between picture quality taken by front and rear-cameras in smartphones in particular.

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Recent data indicates that Snapchat attracts 210 million users on a monthly basis. Photo: PXHere.

There are some other interesting features included in Time Machine as well, with Snapchat enabling you to both save and export photos and videos created by the application. It is interesting that Snapchat has enjoyed a great popularity with the Lenses feature used in Time Machine, with the company claiming that 70% of active users utilize Lenses on a daily basis.

Early reviews suggest that Time Machine is user-friendly in nature, and it seems that this latest feature for Snapchat is set to become another hit.

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