It was a busy month for dueling photo apps Instagram and Snapchat.
Both apps made updates to their respective platforms in a battle for photo sharing supremacy: Instagram added face filters and more creative tools, and Snapchat added infinite replays to photos and videos, abandoning its commitment to ephemeral messaging.
Google, Amazon, and Pinterest also added new apps or made fun changes to existing ones, while beloved productivity app Things launched a beautiful new platform.
Here are all the app launches and updates you may have missed in May.
’22 Seconds’ is an addicting new game from the creators of ‘Ballz.’
The game is a lot like pinball, in that you have to send a ball down a path, avoiding obstacles along the way. But like the name suggests, you only have 22 seconds to get as far as you can.
Learn how to play here.
Snapchat now lets you replay messages forever.
While Snapchat was built on the idea that its messages disappear, it changed things up in May by adding an infinity feature to its app.
The new infinity icon will allow a photo or video message to be replayed forever until the receiver exits the conversation thread. Snapchat messages, called “snaps,” could previously only be seen for up to 10 seconds before they disappeared.
Instagram now has face filters like bunny ears and flower crowns.
Instagram added new creative tools to its arsenal in May. Now, users can add eight new face filters to their photos similar to those made popular by Snapchat.
Instagram also added other tools like the option to play your videos in reverse, add hashtags, and use an eraser that removes things you’ve drawn on the photo.