Snapchat back at the end of 2017 launched the Snap Studio and also introduced a new way for people to build their own lenses. Today the company is introducing a new way to find those lenses inside the app; it calls Lens Explorer. This shows a variety of lenses in a variety of ways.
Furthermore, the company says that since the launch of Lens Studio in late 2017, creators have submitted over 100,000 unique Lenses through the tool, which have been viewed by Snapchatters over 2.5 billion times. Thanks to Lens Explorer, Community Lenses will for the first time be discoverable alongside the main Lens Carousel, offering Snapchatters even more Lenses.
To get started with the Lens Explorer, tap the new smiley face 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 through the featured Stories. Unlock a Lens by swiping up on Snaps in these Stories.
Lens Explorer in Snapchat will be available for iOS initially and will be rolling out to Android and evolve over time. Snapchat users can also browse the Lens within the search and today’s announcement is part of the company’s ongoing effort to foster and support a creative and developer community.