Google Chrome for iOS is set to receive a significant update, introducing a range of new features aimed at enhancing the browsing experience for users. The update will bring a mini Google Maps application, an integrated Calendar, a Translate tool, and various other optimizations.
The primary objective of these new features is to provide users with a more convenient and efficient way to explore the internet using the Chrome application on their iOS devices. Google aims to streamline tasks and eliminate the need for switching between multiple apps.
One notable addition is the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which enables Chrome to detect addresses on web pages. By simply pressing and holding an address, users will be presented with a new option called “View with Google Maps in Chrome.” This eliminates the need to switch to the Google Maps app, allowing users to obtain additional details or complete tasks seamlessly within the Chrome browser.
Similarly, when users press and hold a date within Chrome, they will see the “Add to Google Calendar” option, which opens a creation panel with pre-filled key details based on contextual information from the page. This convenient feature eliminates the need to manually copy and paste event details, enabling users to adjust the event duration, specify the calendar, and save the event effortlessly.
Furthermore, the update will enhance the functionality of Google Translate within Chrome for iOS. Users will be able to not only read translations but also hear them aloud. While this feature is currently under development, Google plans to roll out the update in the coming months.
By introducing these new tweaks and optimizations, Google aims to provide iOS users with a more seamless and integrated browsing experience. The forthcoming update is expected to enrich the overall user experience and further solidify Google Chrome’s position as a popular choice among iOS device users.
Netflix Co-CEO Rules Out App for Apple Vision Pro for Now
Recently, pre-orders for the Apple Vision Pro were started. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst has reported sales of around 160,000 to 180,000 units of the Vision Pro. In context to the sales of Apple Vision Pro, Netflix Co-CEO Greg Peters revealed in an interview that there is no need for the Netflix app in Apple’s VR headset.
In that interview, Peters also defined that the number of subscribers can’t justify the attempts to port an app for a platform. In the future, there may be a Netflix app for Apple’s VR headset, but currently, Netflix is adopting a wait-and-see approach. For now, YouTube and Spotify have no plans for dedicated apps.
As we also mentioned in the recent post of the Apple Vision Pro, you can use the apps via the browser in the Vision Pro. Apple’s own Apple TV+ streaming services are available on the Apple Vision Pro, which features “Apple Immersive Video” with Spatial Audio and 180° 3D footage in 8K resolution.
Similarly, Netflix has also a VR app which was launched in back 2015, that also offers VR Content and includes a 360° video for the Stranger Things Series, but for now, it’s not available in Apple Vision Pro. Netflix has a ton of VR movies that you can also check out.
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New Sharing Feature in WhatsApp Beta for iOS and Android
WhatsApp has undergone notable changes, introducing new colors and status updates for both its website and app. Whatsapp is currently in the process of rolling out a fresh update through the TestFlight beta program, named version 184.108.40.206. Within the app’s settings, the version is identified as 220.127.116.11, while the TestFlight build stands at 24.1.10(555067882).
WhatsApp beta for Android, in its 18.104.22.168 version, is rolling out a significant feature. Users can now create and share polls within their channels, fostering interactive engagement by collecting feedback, opinions, and preferences directly from their followers. The latest WhatsApp beta test for iOS, marked as version 22.214.171.124, is also geared up to incorporate this polling feature.
WhatsApp ensures that the choices made by channel followers during voting remain secure and anonymous. Currently available to beta testers, the feature to share polls in channels can be accessed by installing the latest version of WhatsApp beta for iOS and other Android phones via the TestFlight app. It will be available to everyone in the coming days.
While polls on various platforms often disappear within 24 hours, it remains to be seen whether WhatsApp will adopt a similar approach or introduce its own unique twist.
X (Twitter) Rolls Out Audio and Video Calling for Android Platform
X (formerly Twitter) is going to introduce voice and video calls on Android. The Audio and Video Calls feature has already been available for iOS users since October last year, and now the feature is going to be available for Android users. But you need X premium subscription to make calls. You can receive calls for free.
You can see the Audio and Video Calls option in the settings tab of DM. Users can also control privacy settings from the settings page by selecting from the three options of who can call them: accounts they follow, people in their contact book, verified users, etc. If you want to know more about audio and video calls on X, then you can read more by clicking here.
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