Spotify and iMessage team up to create an app
Spotify’s new app, integrated with iMessage, allows you to share songs with your contacts via text. Whats more, once you send a song to someone, they will be able to hear a 30-second preview, and can then choose an option that allows them to listen to the whole song on Spotify. Users will also be able to search for music via the app, where they will have access to the whole Spotify song list.
NYX Cosmetics is releasing a new app
NYX’s new app, ‘Makeup Crew’ is being launched to showcase its products in a unique way. The innovative new app will feature Instagram photos on its homepage, and Youtube videos in another section. Furthermore, the app will include video tutorials from customers and beauty bloggers, where users can leave reviews. In addition, users will be able to add products they see on the videos to their basket whilst they watch, or shop the full look as a bundle. Users will also be able to earn rewards, download stickers, and create a personalized profile with their preferences, which they can set by swiping left or right on photos of products they like.
Google Earth VR introduces Street view
Street view has now been added to the Google Earth virtual reality app. Instead of just 3D satellite view, users will now be able to look at 360 camera captures of specific areas. This will give users a chance to take a much closer look at different places in the world. To zoom in, you simply click on the virtual reality tools, and to look into the sky you can pull up the lens. This app is currently available on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Google Chrome plans to limit autoplay videos
In a reaction to the increase of video on websites, Chrome 63 will allow users to mute audio for videos on specific sites in October. In addition, the upcoming version of Google Chrome (64, coming out in January 2018) is going to limit videos with sound to play. Furthermore, videos will only be allowed to play if the user has indicated an interest in the content shown. This can be determined by Chrome checking how much the user has engaged with the video’s content, if at all. For mobiles however, Android users will no longer be able to block autoplaying videos. Google has also been developing an ad blocker for Chrome, which is set to be released next year.
Google Maps enables video uploads
Until now, Google images only allowed users to upload still images. However, with the rising popularity of video on social media sites such as Instagram, Google has decided to add videos to Google Maps. Moreover, users who are part of Google’s ‘Local Guides’ program (a platform for people to share reviews, photos and information about places they visit) can now upload 10-second videos to the website via the app to use in their reviews. To do so, users will have to select a specific area on Google Maps, click ‘add a photo’, then ‘Camera’, and finally hold down the record button. Alternatively, users can upload 30-second clips straight from their camera feed. Google is already in talks with local businesses to help market their products through this new feature.