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Google Purchasing Social Video App ‘Firework’ that Lets Users Share Short Videos Like TikTok

TikTok's parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, is valued around $75 billion

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Based in Redwood City, California, Firework that entered India last month was valued at more than $100 million in a fundraising round earlier this year. Pixabay

Google is reportedly interested in purchasing US-based social video app Firework that lets users share short videos like Chinese player TikTok.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo had also shown interest in acquiring Firework but “talks with Google are further along”.

Based in Redwood City, California, Firework that entered India last month was valued at more than $100 million in a fundraising round earlier this year. TikTok’s parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, is valued around $75 billion.

irework is part of a suite of apps created by Loop Now Technologies, a start-up that focuses on next-generation consumer mobile applications.

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo had also shown interest in acquiring Firework but “talks with Google are further along”. Pixabay

Similar to Tiktok that allows users to post 15-seconed short videos, Firework allows users to create 30-second videos and with “Reveal”, its patent pending technology, it will allow creators to take both horizontal and vertical video in one shot from their mobile device.

The app is currently available on both iOS and Android smartphones with over a million registered users.

Firework has appointed Sunil Nair as CEO and MD for its India operations.

“My vision for Firework in India is to become more relevant and give our users every opportunity to stay meaningful and seamlessly experience a new view from their lens,” Nair said in a statement.

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In November last year, Facebook also quietly released a stand-alone app called “Lasso” to compete with TikTok.

On Lasso, which is currently available in the US, users can record themselves dancing and lip-syncing to music, similar to what they can do on TikTok.

In addition, Facebook recently roped in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio and the speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the global launch of its short video-sharing app. (IANS)

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Latest Beta Update on Google Gboard Makes it Faster, Gets Better Support for Handwriting

With the new beta, handwriting input in English language will now support spelling corrections, as well as next-word predictions

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Gboard has been steadily increasing its features and support with each update, and the latest beta continues that trend by introducing word prediction and spelling correction for handwriting input. Wikimedia Commons

Gboard, a virtual keyboard app developed by Google for native Android and iOS devices, in its latest beta is apparently faster and includes support for handwriting.

Gboard has been steadily increasing its features and support with each update, and the latest beta continues that trend by introducing word prediction and spelling correction for handwriting input, as well as a layout for handwriting in Tibetan, Android Police recently reported.

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Gboard, a virtual keyboard app developed by Google for native Android and iOS devices, in its latest beta is apparently faster and includes support for handwriting. Pixabay

With the new beta, handwriting input in English language will now support spelling corrections, as well as next-word predictions.

Any improvements to latency and start up-time are a boon, and adding more features for tablet users is a promising sign of things to come.

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If you’d like to try out these features-or provide feedback-you can enrol in the Gboard beta here, the report added. (IANS)