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Twitter Testing a New Feature For Android Users

The feature-test roll-out for iOS users and its final release plans remain unclear as of now

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. vOA

Micro-blogging site Twitter is testing a new feature on Android that puts news stories at the top of the timeline to help users keep up with what is happening around the world.

“With this update, we’re making it easier for people to see the news and stories their followers have been discussing while they’ve been away right at the top of their timeline,” Mashable quoted Wally Gurzynski, Product Manager, Twitter as saying on Tuesday.

The feature comes with a prompt that says — “Catch up on what’s happened while you were away”.

Earlier in 2015 and 2016 Twitter released “While you were away” and “Never miss an important tweet” features but they were not to specifically highlight news stories.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

This feature, however, rather than just surfacing interesting and popular tweets, focuses on news stories from news agencies and organisations.

This catching-up with the news test feature is in line with the other tests that Twitter is running and are aimed at following specific conversations and newsworthy events easier, the report added.

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The feature test roll-out for iOS users and its final release plans remain unclear as of now. (IANS)

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Messaging App ‘WhatsApp’ To Bring Support for Animated Sticker Packs Soon

Recently, WhatsApp's new feature 'Disappearing Messages' was also spotted in the latest beta version 2.19.275 for Android

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Additionally, long-awaited dark mode feature on WhatsApp is finally ready for release and reportedly some of its users have already tested it. Pixabay

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp’s latest beta update for its Android has claimed that the latter might be bringing support for animated sticker packs soon.

WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates, spotted tracks hinting at the animated stickers in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android.

“All Stickers Packs received a server side update from WhatsApp! Open WhatsApp > Chat > Stickers button > Plus icon and you see “UPDATE” for all packs you have previously downloaded. Reasons of the update are actually unknown. Maybe some improvements,” WABetaInfo tweeted on Friday.

Recently, WhatsApp’s new feature ‘Disappearing Messages’ was also spotted in the latest beta version 2.19.275 for Android.

With the ‘Delete Messages’ feature, group admins will able to select a specific duration for messages on the group and once a message crosses the duration, it will be automatically deleted.

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp’s latest beta update for its Android has claimed that the latter might be bringing support for animated sticker packs soon. Pixabay

Initially, the new feature was expected to be available for both individual chats and group chats, but now the report claims that the feature will be limited to group chats only.

The ‘Delete Messages’ feature for group chats will make it easy for the admins to manage old messages and chats.

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Additionally, WhatsApp’s long-awaited dark mode feature is finally ready for release and reportedly some of its users have already tested it. (IANS)