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Snapchat says India user base grew 120 percent

Photo-messaging app Snapchat said its daily active user base (DAU) in India jumped 120 percent year-on-year in March 2020.

The company has been expanding its team in India, and developing culturally relevant products, community engagement, and partnerships, Snap Inc’s Managing Director for International Markets, Nana Murugesan, told PTI.

“We have added new functions to the India team in our Mumbai office, with our first employees hired in the strategy and partnership team, sales and creative strategy team, as well as currently recruiting for our content team,” he said.

Snap is the parent company of Snapchat. The social media app allows users to share photos with friends for a specific time period, after which the content disappears. It offers filters and lenses, many of which are augmented reality-enabled. More than an average of four billion Snaps were created by its users each day in March 2020 quarter.

Globally, Snap reported 229 million daily active users at the end of March 2020 quarter, an increase of 39 million, or 20 percent year-over-year. The company doesn’t disclose country-specific user base.

“Over the past six months, we have launched support in five more languages, introduced creative tools to celebrate cultural moments and festivals, onboarded celebrities such as Taapsee Pannu as a Snap Star, added more Official Lens Creators and partnered with local media brands, advertisers, OEMs and Telcos,” Murugesan said.

Across all its initiatives, augmented reality remains a fundamental way it engages its users in India, he added.

“We’re especially excited to be hosting our first Lensathon in partnership with Skillenza to reach over five lakh developers developers in India. We see this as a big step forward in democratising creativity, building the future of AR alongside our community and making available even more compelling, relevant experiences for Snapchatters,” he noted.

Lensathon is an online hackathon by Snapchat in partnership with Skillenza, where participants create eye-catching lenses and AR experiences using Lens Studio by Snap. They will stand a chance to be a part of the Official Lens Creator programme along with other cash prizes, Snap Spectacles etc.

Last year, the company hosted 11 Lens Studio workshops in colleges and universities in India. In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, these sessions are being hosted virtually with the Pearl Academy, ISDI, Symbiosis Pune, Thapar Institute of Technology, Manipal Institute of Technology, SRM Institute, and Deviprasad Goenka Management College Of Media Studies.

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