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WhatsApp Beta Introduces 60-Second Video Messages and Redesigned Action Buttons

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WhatsApp is continuing its trend of introducing new features with the latest testing of video messages and redesigned action buttons. These updates aim to enhance efficiency and improve user convenience within the popular messaging app.

WhatsApp’s New Feature: Short Video Messages

The video messages feature, currently being tested in beta updates for both Android and iOS, allows users to share 60-second video messages with their friends and family. This feature initially appeared in WhatsApp beta 23.6.0.73 for iOS devices and later in version 2.23.8.19 for Android. Although it is currently available only to beta testers, it is expected to be released to all users in the near future.

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To use the video messages feature, users can tap on the microphone button within the chat bar, which will transform into a video camera button. Upon sending or receiving a video message, users can tap on the clip once to enlarge it and listen to the audio. It is important to note that this feature is also end-to-end encrypted, ensuring the privacy and security of users’ communications.

Redesigned Action Buttons in WhatsApp Beta

In addition to video messages, WhatsApp is also working on redesigning the action buttons for the home screen, currently applicable only to Android users. The beta version 2.23.13.4 introduces newly designed switches and floating action buttons that follow the Material Design 3 guidelines, aiming to provide an enhanced user experience.

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To witness these changes, users can access the settings section of the app. If using the mentioned beta build, they will encounter a new interface with redesigned toggles and floating action buttons. These buttons adopt a squarish shape with rounded corners, reflecting the visual updates.

It is important to note that the redesigned action buttons are currently visible only to WhatsApp Business account holders. While these features are still in the beta phase, they will be rolled out to all users in future official versions of the app.

WhatsApp’s ongoing commitment to introducing new features demonstrates its dedication to enhancing user experience and maintaining its position as one of the leading messaging platforms worldwide.

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Galaxy Ring not supported with iPhones – Officially Confirmed

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Recently, at the MWC 2024 event, which was held in Barcelona, Samsung’s VP, Hon Pak confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy Ring will not be supported by iPhones. Pak also said that their products are as good as the Apple ones.

There are also very good reasons to switch to Samsung’s ecosystem. Samsung is also working on making their devices compatible with other Android devices as well, not only with their own.

As we already know, Galaxy Ring comes in various sizes. Among them, the smallest one is powered with a battery of 14 mAh, and the largest one comes with a bigger battery of 21.5 mAh which will provide a battery backup of 5-9 days.

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Until now, the launch of Galaxy Ring has not been revealed but some rumors suggested that it will launch in the Unpacked Event, which is going to be held in July along with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6.

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Is your iPhone or iPad eligible for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Update – Here is a list of eligible devices

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Every year, Apple announces its new iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS versions in its WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) which will held at Apple Park in June. This year, Apple will announce iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and MacOS 15. The developer Beta of iOS 18 will be available after the announcement at the WWDC event but if we talk about the stable version of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 update, then it will be available by September. In this post, we will tell you the list of iPhones and iPads that are eligible for the iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 update.

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Devices Eligible for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Update

First, let’s talk about the list of iPhones, that are eligible for the iOS 18 Update:

  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

Now, let’s talk about the list of iPads, that are eligible for the iPadOS 18 Update:

  • iPad Pro: 2018 and later
  • iPad Air: 2019 and later
  • iPad mini: 2019 and later
  • iPad: 2020 and later

iOS 18 brings new Generative AI support with Siri, design changes, and RCS message support in Apple’s iMessage. If you want to know more about the features of the iOS 18 update, then we have already created a dedicated post for that, do check that out.

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Apple has shared full release notes for iOS 17.4 Update along with new Features

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Apple, an American-based Tech Giant has recently shared full release notes for the iOS 17.4 update, which is expected to be launched in the first week of the next month i.e. March. If you want to know the upcoming changes or new addons that we get after updating the iPhone to stable iOS 17.4, then we have already posted a dedicated post for that, you can simply check that out by clicking here.

If we talk about them in short, then the upcoming iOS 17.4 update brings major App Store changes in the EU, new emojis, Apple Podcasts transcripts, and an upgrade in the security of Apple’s iMessage. Furthermore, this update also prepares for the launch of the next-generation Apple CarPlay later this year.

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As we know, Apple has to follow the EU’s Digital Markets Act. So, to avoid fines, Apple has to roll out the new iOS 17.4 update before the deadline which was given by the EU i.e. 6 March (Wednesday). So, we can expect the iOS 17.4 stable update before or on 6 March. Below listed are the iOS 17.4 U.S. released notes:

Emoji
– New mushroom, phoenix, lime, broken chain, and shaking heads emoji are now available in the emoji keyboard
– 18 people and body emoji add the option to face them in either direction

Apple Podcasts
– Transcripts let you follow an episode with text that highlights in sync with the audio in English, Spanish, French and German
– Episode text can be read in full, searched for a word or phrase, tapped to play from a specific point and used with accessibility features such as Text Size, Increase Contrast, and VoiceOver

This update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:
– Music recognition lets you add songs you have identified to your Apple Music Playlists and Library, as well as Apple Music Classical
– Siri has a new option to announce messages you receive in any supported language
– Stolen Device Protection supports the option for increased security in all locations
– Battery Health in Settings shows battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models
– Call Identification displays Apple-verified business name, logo, and department name when available
– Business updates in Messages for Business provide trusted information for order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts or other transactions you opt into
– Apple Cash virtual card numbers enable you to pay with Apple Cash at merchants that don’t yet accept Apple Pay by typing in your number from Wallet or using Safari AutoFill
– Fixes an issue where contact pictures are blank in Find My
– Fixes an issue for Dual SIM users where the phone number changes from primary to secondary and is visible to a group they have messaged
Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Devices that are eligible for iOS 17.4 Update

At last, if we talk about the eligible devices for iOS 17.4 Update, then iPhone XS and above models are eligible for this update. Whenever you receive the iOS 17.4 update. To update your iPhone, simply head to Settings > General > Software Update.

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