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Snapchat calls itself a "camera company," but most users view it as a social media app that offers a fun twist on taking pictures and video.
However, investors need to view Snapchat differently as the Snapchat IPO date approaches…
That's because Snapchat could grow into a fully augmented reality (AR) company, and the AR market is expected to be worth $80.2 billion by 2022.
The lens no longer appears available on Snapchat. But according to the website "We Are Social Media," Snapchat placed an AR game in its "Princess and Queens" lens.
Within the lens, users look for hidden "gems" that appear within the same room. After finding five gems, Snapchat users reportedly receive an upgraded lens that placed the word "queen" above their heads.
This doesn't sound as impressive as Pokemon Go, where you "throw" a ball that captures a creature that pops up right in front of you.
But this is an early sign more advanced AR games and technology are on the way from Snapchat.
And there are two reasons why Snapchat transitioning into a full AR company is easier than Wall Street realizes…
Why Snapchat Could Turn into an Augmented Reality Company
One of the reasons Snapchat could transition into an AR company is it already reaches a key demographic: 18- to 35-year-olds.
In 2016, the largest group of video game players in the United States was between the ages of 18 and 35. The second-largest group was under 18.
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And Snapchat is already reaching a majority of those individuals…
As of Q4 2016, Snapchat reached 70% of Americans aged 18 to 24 years old. Also, 58% of Snapchat's daily active users (DAUs) are between the ages of 13 and 24, according to a MoffettNathanson report.
So Snapchat already has the user base that would be most inclined to play games.
And it also has the hardware to transition into a primarily AR-focused company…
On Sept. 23, 2016, Snapchat released its first hardware product, sunglasses called Snapchat Spectacles. These sunglasses have a camera that can take 10-second videos and post them on Snapchat accounts.
As you can see in the video below, the technology is limited right now.
On Snapchat's job board, it has open positions for:
- 3D Character Modeler
- 3D Designer: Lead Character Modeler
- 3D Designer: Lighting and Rendering Artist
Candidates for these positions need knowledge and experience with high-poly and low-poly modeling.
Poly modeling is highly technical, but all investors need to know is it is an integral part of augmented reality applications like games.
That means through Spectacles, Snapchat could create AR games like Pokemon Go. Snapchat could also create a game store for AR game makers to upload their own games.
Through that model, Snapchat could collect a commission from each game sold.
We know investors have a lot of questions about investing in Snapchat stock. That's why we created this exclusive guide for Money Morning readers.
In our Snapchat stock guide, you'll learn:
- How Snapchat works
- How Snapchat makes money
- Snapchat's valuation
And we also answer the most important question there is: Should I buy Snapchat stock?
You can start researching Snapchat stock before its inevitable IPO through our exclusive guide, right here.
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