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WhatsApp brings video messages features with new beta update

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WhatsApp is one of those applications which is broadly used worldwide. The application provides all the useful tools or features which make communication easier and more interesting. In the initial stage, the app is designed to send or receive messages in text form only, but with time WhatsApp is loaded with interactive features. For instance, you can do video or voice calls.

Apart from the main function of communication, the WhatsApp team has also introduced a lot of features that enhance the working of the app. In the past couple of months, the company has added several crucial features like Chat lock, Pin Message, Multiple accounts functionalityNotification feature, and many more. Now with the new update, a video message feature will be available for the users.

WhatsApp video message feature

WhatApp video message service will work the same as the voice note. When you want to send a voice note, you have to just tap on the mic and hold it to record the voice and send it to the desired ones. However, there are some limitations in a video message as it only has a duration of 60 seconds and is displayed inside a circle.

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How do you get the latest WhatsApp feature? 

Currently, the latest WhatsApp feature, video message, is available in the beta version 2.23.13.4. If you have already enrolled in the WhatsApp beta program, then you can directly install the new beta update from the Play Store. But in the other case, you can try this feature by sideloading the app from the Apkmirror


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YouTube Music Rolls Out Hum to Search Song Feature on Android

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YouTube Music has over 70 million official tracks and millions of active users. Now,  to maintain the legacy and enhance the experience, the platform is rolling out a new feature for song identification with Hum to Search on Android.

YouTube Music for Android is delivering a long-awaited feature that permits you to “play, sing, or hum a song” to search. This feature will surely enhance your song-searching experience. To experience this feature, all you have to do is tap on the magnifying glass icon housed in the top-right corner, and then you will see a new waveform icon beside the microphone. 

Whereas the two side-by-side buttons appear somewhat odd, however, it’s pretty better as compared to the main YouTube app, which houses both search features on one screen with a switcher up top. A vibrant search page on YouTube Music will prompt you to search for songs effortlessly by playing, singing, or even humming. This functionality was initially introduced in 2020 for Google Search. It is based on the Pixel’s Now Playing feature and then came to the YouTube app last year in October. To function with this feature properly, AI is used “to match the sound to the original recording.” 

The identification process can be pretty fast, and a full-screen results page shows cover art, song name, artist, album, year, and even download/offline status, as well as Play or Save to your library shortcuts. Users are also permitted to exit this screen from the top-left corner or perform another search at the bottom. The new feature for YouTube Music arrives with Version 7.02 for Android. 

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WhatsApp Testing a Handy Upgrade for Replies and Reactions

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WhatsApp is testing a new convenience feature that will help users directly react and reply to media content. This will be a crucial addition that offers the ability to easily give the opinion of the different content in the form of a reaction or reply. 

Earlier, when you received any message or any media content and wanted to reply to it, you needed to press and hold it and tap on the replay button. But now, with the new beta update, the WhatsApp team is testing a new way where, when you open the media, it will come with a new interface where three buttons are available in the button, which will help you reply to the message directly from there.

The latest development is spotted in the new WhatsApp beta update with the version number 2.24.11.18. As it is in the testing stage, the availability of the change is limited to some users who have already enrolled in the beta program. If you want to try the new feature, you can still do that by joining the beta update from the Play Store.

Apart from this, WhatsApp has brought several new features and improvements for the user so they can have conversations with each other more smoothly and with new creative options, including new AI-generated stickers, the “ability to create, view, and follow channels,”  new chat filters, and many more.

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Google Weather Redesign Now Available on More Android Devices

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Google revamped its Google Weather app to make it more user-friendly and enhance the experience by bringing with it Material You design standards.

Google’s Weather app has received a major renovation with Material You aesthetics and additional information. After being available on Pixel devices since September 2023 and Samsung Galaxy devices since December, Google finally decided to push it out to most Android devices in May 2024. 

It is being reported that the new Google Weather app is appearing on many more manufacturers’ Android devices, except Pixels and Samsungs. The app has been spotted on various devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the OnePlus Open, the Honor Magic 6 RSR, and even an older Nokia 4.2 running Android 11. 

For so long, its availability was limited to specific devices; now, finally, Google has started rolling it out widely. Users who have access to the new Weather app will also have noticed a recent update for the Google app. The new app introduces a simpler layout with hourly and 10-day forecasts on a single page, replacing the multiple tabs of the old application. Earlier this year, in February, Google updated its At a Glance and Weather widget icons on Pixel smartphones. 

The Weather app is not the only application that Google has brought weather data to. Previously, it was reported that the company was finally bringing real-time weather information within Google Maps; however, that has been available for years on iOS. The Google Weather app’s redesign is highly pleasing to the eyes, and the Material You Impact is quite notably on display. 

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