Apple Music TV
Apple revives MTV magic with a 24-hour music video channel called Apple Music TV
Apple Music TV will witness the debut of exclusive content every Friday, but it is currently limited to users in the US only.
Google
Google Search, Lens, and Maps get new features to make your pandemic life easier
Busyness information will now be shown directly on Google Maps without even searching for a place, and while on the move as well.
Google Vote
Google Assistant and Search get new features to help voters
If performing a web search sounds like a hassle, a simple “Hey Google, where do I vote?” voice query will be enough to get you started.
Snapchat Sounds
Snapchat’s Sounds feature will let you add songs to your Snaps and Stories
Aside from adding licensed music, Snapchat users will also see a “Play This Song” link that will let them hear it on Spotify or Apple Music.
Twitter
Twitter wants you to quote tweet instead of retweeting, will restrict tweet actions
All Trends in the “For You” tab will include a description to tell Twitter users why exactly a particular topic or person is trending.
Microsoft plans to bring xCloud to iPhones via a web-based solution: Report
Xbox chief Phil Spencer reportedly told employees that Microsoft will bring xCloud to iPhones and iPads via a “direct browser-based solution.”
Instagram Reels
Instagram Reels gets more like TikTok with new audio features
Instagram has been testing new features lately and really pushing Reels.
Moovit
Moovit arrives on AppGallery as HUAWEI’s app repository continues swift growth
Moovit offers services like real-time bus and train timings, live navigation, bike docking station info and offline map viewing to name a few.
Instagram Threads
Instagram Threads is getting an update, and no one knows why
It affects all four users of the app.
Qualcomm is working on its own gaming phone in partnership with Asus: Report
Qualcomm’s first gaming smartphone is said to draw power from its upcoming flagship chipset, tentatively called the Snapdragon 875.
Google Arts & Culture
Google will teach you about famous paintings and culture using eerie AR filters
The AR filters let you turn yourself into a weird version of van Gogh’s self-portrait or don a samurai helmet like the world’s biggest misfit.
Web Stories in Discover
Google adds Web Stories feature to Discover
Everybody wants to add Stories to their offering.
Google Chrome
Google boosts the security of Chrome browser for Android and iOS
Chrome v86 on iOS adds support for Face ID, Touch ID and device passcode that has to be entered before autofill password jumps into action
G Suite is now Google Workspace, adds new Google-ish icons for Gmail, Drive and Docs
Google has also introduced new Google Workspace editions targeted at small businesses depending upon their requirements.
Spotify app now lets you search a song by its lyrics
Spotify has also introduced new weekly charts that will document the top albums and songs streamed across the globe.
Google delays its Play Store billing mandate until March 2022 for Indian developers
Google is extending the implementation deadline of its in-app payment mandate until March 31, 2020 for Indian developers.
Paytm app store
Paytm says it has launched a ‘Mini App Store’ but it hasn’t
It looks like Paytm has just announced its Mini App Store to ride on nationalism sentiments in the country.
YouTube Stories on iOS get an audio enhancement tool to make them sound better
The new “Enhance Speech” feature for recording YouTube Stories will boost the audio output by isolating the speech of a video’s subject.
Twitter brings its ‘read an article before retweeting’ prompt to iOS
Twitter wants you to read an article before you retweet it, and so far, the social media platform has received a positive response.
Pixel 4a price in India
Google says selfie retouching can negatively impact mental wellbeing
It is not clear if and when these settings will roll out for older gen Pixel phones.
Live View in Google Maps now tells you about nearby landmarks, improves location pinning
Live View can now be started from the transit tab too, while Location Sharing with Live View enabled is coming to non-Pixel devices as well.
WhatsApp now lets you mute a contact or group forever. Hallelujah!
WhatsApp’s new ‘Always’ mute feature is now live on v2.20.201.9 and v2.20.201.10 beta builds, and might soon be released via stable channel.
Telegram update brings search filters and the ability to go anonymous as group admin
Telegram v7.1 update also adds a new conversation feature that adds a comment button to the posts that involve a discussion group.
Google Assistant will now wait for you on the line if your call is put on hold
Once the person on the other end is ready to speak, Google Assistant will alert you with a sound cue, vibration, or an on-screen prompt.
Spotify makes it easier to create a collaborative playlist and check everyone’s contribution
A Collaborative Playlist on Spotify will now also show the avatar of the person who added a particular song or podcast episode.