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Meta-owned photo-sharing Instagram is rolling out a new profile banner that will display a user's upcoming live streams. Instagram head Adam Mosseri noted that users can now display a badge on their profile to let others know that they have a live stream coming up, TechCrunch reported on Thursday.
Once the banner is up, followers can subscribe to get reminded about the live stream. Users can create as many scheduled Lives as they would like. If there is more than one upcoming Live, they will be displayed as a side-scrolling list. Mosseri noted that in the past, users would notify their followers about upcoming Lives through a post or Story. With this new feature, Instagram is launching a dedicated way for users to notify others about scheduled Lives, the report said.
Users can now display a badge on their profile to let others know that they have a live stream coming up. | Unsplash
The badge will not only be visible to the followers, but also to anyone else who may come across a profile, which could attract more viewers. In the same video, Mosseri also outlined that users can now remix any video content on the app, which is a change that Instagram announced a few days ago.
The company officially launched Remix, which is its version of TikTok Duets, in March 2021. The feature lets users record their Reels video alongside a video from another user. In addition to these new features, Instagram also recently launched an early test of creator subscriptions in the US. Select creators are now able to offer their followers paid access to exclusive Instagram Live videos and Stories. (IANS/ MBI)
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Meta-owned WhatsApp is reportedly testing the possibility of allowing users to migrate chats from their Android device to an iPhone. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on an "import chat history" feature that will let Android users move their chats to an iPhone device.
The feature was spotted in development in the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS v22.2.74. Currently, it is not available to everyone at the moment. It appears that WhatsApp will rely on an app called Move to iOS in order to make the migration possible.
At present, chat transfer feature has been available from iOS to Samsung devices and Google pixel since last October. Users can also migrate chats from iOS to devices based on Android 12 out-of-the-box. WhatsApp is also reportedly rolling out a new global voice note player on iOS beta that will let users listen to a voice message even when they switch to a different chat..
The voice note that users are listening to will not be dismissed when they swipe back or open a different chat. This feature has been released to some iOS beta testers, including WhatsApp Business beta. (IANS/ MBI)
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Meta-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has started testing the chronological feed as it promised last month. According to Instagram Head Adam Mosseri, the firm wants to make it easier for people to view content how they want to see it. The feature is already in testing for some accounts or is going out over the next couple of weeks. He also noted that Instagram will soon allow users to toggle between three different feeds: home, favorites and following.
"We are starting to test the ability to switch between three different views on your home screen (two of which would give you the option to see posts in chronological order): Home, Favorites, Following," Mosseri said in a tweet.
Instagram has been making some changes to how it handles videos in recent months. | IANS
Home will be similar to Instagram's current feed, which ranks posts based on what you are likely to be interested in, while "favorites" will be a dedicated feed for the friends you care most about. "Following" will be a chronological feed just for accounts you follow. He recently said that Mosseri said that the platform will "double down" on video and focus on Reels.
Instagram has been making some changes to how it handles videos in recent months. In October, it killed off the IGTV brand to bring longer-form videos into the main feed. However, users need to tap through to Reels to watch the full video. For creators, Mosseri said Instagram will introduce more monetisation tools to help them make a living. In addition, he said Instagram will focus on messaging and transparency in 2022. (IANS/ MBI)
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Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly planning to rollout a new feature which enables users to search for businesses nearby.
As per a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is developing a functionality that will let users easily search for businesses nearby by filtering them using a new interface. The feature will be helpful for users to search for hotels, groceries, apparel and clothing, among others.
The feature has been released for some people in Sao Paulo and will be available to both iOS and Android users.
"When you search for something within WhatsApp, there will be a new section called 'Businesses Nearby': when you select the category, the results of business accounts will be filtered based on your choice," said WABetaInfo.
WhatsApp has already redesigned the page for Business Info following the release of WhatsApp beta for iOS 18.104.22.168 update.
Meanwhile, the company has recently brought in a new privacy update to prevent unknown contacts from seeing a user's last seen and online status.
The feature will allow WhatsApp users to set their "last seen" status to be viewed by everyone, their contacts, except a blacklist of specific people.
This new feature has been reportedly rolled out for both Android and iOS-enabled devices.
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