How to Use New Snapchat AR Bitmoji World Lenses

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Photo-sharing app Snapchat is expected to overtake Facebook for the first time in the United States, as the user growth of Facebook will slow among teens and adults, market research firm eMarketer has said.

Snapchat acquired Bitstrips Inc., which created Bitmojis in 2014, almost 18 months ago for a staggering $64 million, according to Snap's S-1 filing from February 2017.

Snapchat's latest update brings your Bitmoji characters to life with the use of World Lenses - live filters that add augmented reality to any scene that you capture with your camera. Now, in addition to animated clouds and rainbows, for instance, users can see their Bitmojis - which can be showcased in different emotional states and participating in various activities - interacting with the world at large.

Yesterday morning, Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) introduced user Bitmojis "into the real world", offering users the option to animate their personalized expressive cartoon avatars in their snaps.

Stories, a feature Instagram copied from Snapchat in 2016, recently announced that it has 250 million daily active users. Give it a second to populate and your 3D Bitmoji should appear. In comparison, Snapchat is lagging behind with 173 million daily users for its entire app.

The 3D Bitmoji animations are based directly on models you've already created using the Snapchat app.

To get started adding your 3D Bitmoji to your surroundings, open the Snapchat app, which will open on the main camera screen. It can just hang out onscreen, or it can do yoga, skateboard, and more. You are able to place them in a static location and then move the camera around for the ideal shot.

When you have chosen your 3D Bitmoji Lens and are happy with the size and placing of your Bitmoji, it's time to record and share.

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