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Gaana Launches Instant App for Music Lovers for Those Who Want to Experience App without Downloading It

It's heartening to be the first music app in the world to host an instant app experience

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Android users can now simply click on the try now button on Gaana's Playstore page to enjoy a native app experience, the company said in a statement. Pixabay

Music streaming app Gaana, in partnership with Google Playstore, launched an instant app for music lovers on Monday for those who want to experience the app without downloading it.

Android users can now simply click on the try now button on Gaana’s Playstore page to enjoy a native app experience, the company said in a statement.

“It’s heartening to be the first music app in the world to host an instant app experience. This launch is a part of our company-wide focus on product innovation that introduces a wider section of the country’s online population to music streaming, and it’s already reaping rewards,” Prashan Agarwal, CEO Gaana said.

“We have registered a five per cent surge in app installs per day as more people are realising the convenience of being able to listen to their favourite songs anytime anywhere even before they download our app.

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Music streaming app Gaana, in partnership with Google Playstore, launched an instant app for music lovers on Monday for those who want to experience the app without downloading it. Pixabay

“Our team is working on many more first-of-its-kind products that would help us invite an entire generation of first-time users into the world of music streaming,” he added.

The new instant app aims to offer users a taste of all major functionalities of the main app like browsing for songs/playlists, trending music, search on entire 45 million libraries and listening to songs.

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The 2.5 MB size of the instant app is just 15 per cent of the main app and makes it the perfect option for those using entry-level smartphones with limited internet availability. (IANS)

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Facebook-Style Social Network Launches in Vietnam

Vietnamese users and enterprises are relying too much on Facebook as there are not so many social networks

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FILE - A Vietnamese policeman uses his mobile phone in Hanoi, Feb. 26, 2019. VOA

A Facebook-style social network was launched in Vietnam on Tuesday, Gapo, a mobile app that lets users create personal profiles and share posts to a Facebook style “news feed”, has received 500 billion dong ($21.55 million) in funding from tech corporation G-Group, its chief executive, Ha Trung Kien, said.

“Vietnamese users and enterprises are relying too much on Facebook as there are not so many social networks for them to choose from,” Kien said, adding that Gapo plans to reach 3 million users in 2019 and 20 million by January 2021.

Despite economic reforms and increasing openness to social change, the ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship in Vietnam and does not tolerate dissent.

An increasing number of activists and dissidents have been arrested or tried over the last year for posting online content considered to be “anti-state”.

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A Facebook-style social network was launched in Vietnam on Tuesday, Gapo, a mobile app that lets users create personal profiles and share posts to a Facebook style “news feed”. Pixabay

Nearly 10% of the 128 prisoners held in the Southeast Asian country for expressing dissenting views were jailed for posting anti-state comments on social media platforms such as Facebook, Amnesty International said in May.

Vietnam has also ramped up pressure on firms such as Google and Facebook with a controversial cybersecurity law that took effect in January.

Global technology firms and rights groups have pushed back against the law, which requires companies to set up offices in Vietnam and store data there.

In September 2018, Information Minister Nguyen Manh Hung urged Vietnamese companies to create viable domestic alternatives to foreign social media platforms.

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Last month, Vietnam asked companies not to advertise on videos hosted by Google’s YouTube that contain “anti-state” propaganda.

Domestic social platforms built prior to Gapo, such as VietnamTa and Hahalolo are also similar to Facebook, although neither has managed to build a large user base.

Gapo has teamed with Sony Music Entertainment as a strategic partner to feature music content on the app, it said in a statement. (VOA)