By Chelsea Stone. Photos: Courtesy of Snapchat.
Admit it: A solid percentage of your day is spent perusing Snapchat, and a good amount of that time is spent just testing out the day's myriad Lenses — from the classic puppy dog face to the flower crown to the face swap to whatever never-before-seen invention the app's creators have come up with. But now, Snapchat is upgrading that beloved lens feature in a major way.
On Tuesday, Snapchat introduced "World Lenses," which can be used via the rear-facing camera on your phone to decorate the world around you with brand new 3-D content. The update, which is now available to all Snapchat users, can be found by tapping the screen while using the rear-facing camera.
"We launched Lenses a year and a half ago as a whole new way to express ourselves on Snapchat. Since then, we've become puppies, puked rainbows, face-swapped with our best friends — and begun to explore how Lenses can change the world around us," reads a blog post on Snapchat's website. "Today, we’re taking it one step further. While Snapping with the rear-facing camera, simply tap the camera screen to find new Lenses that can paint the world around you with new 3D experiences!"
So basically, users can now place items like a 3-D animated rainbow, flowers that grow before your eyes, and even animated words and phrases onto whatever you're looking at through the Snapchat camera. And not only do they look like cool, trippy, high-tech additions to your world, but users can also interact with the added content from all angles by walking around them.
According to a spokesperson from Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, the World Lenses will be updated daily, just as new Lenses for your face consistently appear on the app, and the company plans to continue to innovate new experiences centered around both the rear- and front-facing cameras on your smartphone.
For a (mind-blowing) demonstration of how the World Lenses work, check out the video here — and then get to snapping.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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