Patent published on November 14, 2023

Snapchat's New Patent Might Fix Glitches during Updates

Snapchat, a prevalent social media platform, is on the path to revolutionizing how application updates are dispatched. Their newly patented invention, carrying the patent number US11816010B2, is geared towards making the update process a lot smoother and less troublesome for its millions of dedicated users.

Often, we see new or improved features become available for download for widely used apps like Snapchat. As much as these updates are critical to keep the entertainment platform interactive and engaging, they might sometimes cause fuss for the end-user. Application updates or features might inadvertently cause errors or other anomalies, which not only annoy users but also give a hard time to the application's parent companies. Searching for the error's root cause among the newly introduced features is akin to looking for a needle in a haystack - grueling, labor-intensive, and costly.

Snap's patented invention is crafted precisely to address and eliminate this problem. According to the patent, it adds new features or modifications to the app slowly and continuously monitors the application to ensure it runs smoothly. If any anomaly or error crops up, the release of new chunks of an update is immediately halted to identify and solve the problem. It seems like the invention will also have an algorithm in place to establish which features should be released first. This way, Snapchat can manage the release of updates, keep the app stable, and continue to cater to the users' evolving demands.

This simple yet ingenious approach to releasing app updates can remarkably transform the software development field. Once this problem is solved, the world of software updates could become a much less chaotic place for both developers and users. Users could see their favorite apps getting seamlessly updated, bearing new and exciting features without causing any annoying hiccups. In essence, the user could continue chatting, snapping, and sharing on Snapchat without experiencing any frustrating lags or crashes due to an update.

However, it is essential to note that this is just a patent and there's no assurance as to whether and when Snap would implement this invention. Until then, we can only visualize the smoother, streamlined, and glitch-free future of app updates it promises.

P.S: A patent only acknowledges a unique solution to a problem and doesn't necessarily warrant its materialization or addition to the market.

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