The update gives app users an opportunity to have real-time chat with their Snapchat friends. The users can now connect with their friends by swiping right on the contact name.

Those messages will be deleted automatically as the users go back from that window. Snapchat users can also video chat with their friends using this update.

“There's nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you're chatting. We could not be more thrilled to announce Chat. Swipe right on a friend's name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting,” the company said in a statement.

“When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both (you and your friend) will be cleared - but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you'd like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!” it added.

Snapchat's immense popularity among young users has made it one of the most closely watched social media companies in the world. With Snapchat, users can send photos and videos that disappear shortly after they are viewed.