Snapchat has announced the launch of a new feature known as Lens Explorer in its app. The feature will allow users to discover and unlock thousands of Lenses built by Snapchatters around the world.
The Lens Explorer feature will be available on iOS at the launch and it is not known when this feature will make its way to Android. To begin browsing in Lens Explorer, just tap the new icon that appears when the Lens Carousel is active. Tap a Lens tile to unlock a Lens and be taken directly to the Snap Camera, or browse Lenses in featured Stories. Unlock a Lens by swiping up on Snaps in these Stories.
The new feature is in line with Lens Studio has announced in late 2017. The company claims that creators have submitted over 100,000 unique Lenses which have been viewed by Snapchatters over 2.5 billion times. With the introduction of Lens Explorer, Community Lenses will be discoverable alongside the Lens Carousel, making them easier to find and play with.
“Since first launching Lenses in 2015, Snapchat has grown to become the world’s most engaged and creative AR platform. Every day, over 70M Snapchatters play with Lenses, for an average of 3 minutes per day. We’re excited by the loyalty, creativity, and variety of experiences we’re seeing from the Lens Studio community to date and are committed to continuing to invest in the platform, making AR creation accessible to anyone and bring more and more diverse experiences to Snapchatters,” a Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement.