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TikTok Becomes Top Free App on iOS

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok claims to have over 120 million monthly active users in India

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

Short video sharing platform TikTok reclaimed the top free app on iOS and top free app in the “social” category on the Google Play Store, days after the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the app, the company announced on Wednesday.

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude and thank our over 200 million users in India for the overwhelming response, support and love they have shown towards TikTok. We are looking forward to continuing our journey with our TikTok family and actively work towards ensuring a safe and positive in-app experience for our users,” Sumedhas Rajgopal, Entertainment Strategy and Partnerships Lead, TikTok (India), said in a statement.

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok claims to have over 120 million monthly active users in India.

The Madras High Court last month passed an interim order banning mobile app citing inappropriate and pornographic content.

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the bench vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.

Meanwhile, TikTok remained unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store until April 25 – a day after the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench lifted the ban.

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Sources in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that official communication to the technology companies would be made after it receives the court directive. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Rolls out Interpreter Mode for Smartphones

Google Assistant's interpreter mode comes to smartphones

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Google Assistant rolls out interpreter mode for Android and iOS devices. Pixabay

Interpreter mode, the real-time translation tool is now rolling out to Assistant for Android and iOS users.

Now, by just using a smartphone can have a back and forth conversation with someone speaking a foreign language.

Google says it will work with 44 languages and can be invoked by saying commands like “Hey Google, help me speak Thai” or “Hey Google, be my German translator.”

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To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app. Pixabay

“To get started, just say “Hey Google, be my German translator” or “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” and you’ll see and hear the translated conversation on your phone. After each translation, the Assistant may present Smart Replies, giving you suggestions that let you quickly respond without speaking-which can make your conversations faster and even more seamless,” Lilian Rincon, Senior Director of Product Management, Google Assistant said in a statement on Thursday.

To access it on iOS, user needs to download the latest Google Assistant app.

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Interpreter mode also features different ways to communicate suited to the users situation: one can type using a keyboard for quiet environments, or manually select what language to speak.

To recall, back in January at CES, Google announced an Interpreter Mode for Smart Displays and speakers. (IANS)