Just when we all got the hang of Snapchat, a new photo-filtering app has taken over. If you've spent the past few weeks wondering what the different FaceApp filters are but you're too lazy to actually download it, you've come to the right place. Read on for an unofficial guide to the app responsible for all those gender-bending selfies flooding social media lately.
Since it was released in February, FaceApp has exploded in popularity in the United States. But, if you're still at the "help, what is FaceApp?" stage of your life, here's the lowdown. Developed by a Russian-based team, the iOS app is based on a familiar concept: transforming a user's selfie into something totally different. Unlike other filtering apps, however, the results are ultra-realistic — sometimes unsettlingly so. Apparently, this is because the app uses "neural networks" to edit photos. Rather than simply applying a filter, founder and CEO Yaroslav Goncharov claims FaceApp changes the photo itself, and that realism what makes it so appealing. "After applying a filter, it is still your photo," he explained to Tech Crunch in February, adding that with other apps, the results aren't intended to be realistic.
So what kind of filters does FaceApp offer? Here are all the different ways you can bend reality with the app, as demonstrated by the good people of Twitter.