Google Rolls Out Update for Several Apps on List

Google Chrome Browser, one of the Google Apps

The Android operating system constantly receives updates to be in the best shape that it can be in. These updates introduce new designs and features. Besides these, though, they also bring security patches and various other bug fixes. But the OS is not the only thing that receives updates. Apps, too, get their fair share of updates. Over the course of the past couple of months, several Google apps have seen various updates.

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Portrait Blur to be Introduced to Google Photos for Android

Google Photos for Android now has Portrait Blur feature

The Google Photos app keeps constantly evolving. The app will be getting expanded Portrait Blur effects on Android. This will work on older images, as well as even more subjects. As of now, users of Google One and Google Pixel already have access to Portrait Blur effects in Google Photos. However, this requires the availability of depth information within the images. With this latest update, users will now be able to apply the faux Bokeh effects onto even more subjects. These include food, pets, and plants. As stated by Google, users can apply the effect even to old images within their photos library. This is irrespective of whether or not users had taken images using Portrait mode. Consequently, this will make it easier for users to adjust existing content for a new refreshed look.

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WhatsApp Is Working On An End-To-End Polling Feature For Group Chats

Instant messaging site WhatsApp is always working on creating new features to make the interface more interesting. It is currently working on a new polling feature that will allow users to take polls withing WhatsApp groups. This feature is still is the development stage as of now, and us available to the group members only. The in-app feature, when introduced, would allow users to conduct polls on important topics within their WhatsApp group. In all likelihood, the feature will be rolled out to iOS devices first, before being introduced to desktop and Android users. It should also be noted, though, that as a developing feature, there is no guarantee that it will ever be rolled out.

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WhatsApp Prepares to Launch New Dedicated Communities Tab

WhatsApp icon in foreground, shadow of a hand holding cell phone in the background

Although there is no official release date declared, more and more details about the debut of the communities feature on WhatsApp are getting unveiled. You can find these even in the latest WhatsApp beta, i.e., the version 2.22.6.9 of the Android app. New indications which suggest how the Meta subsidiary company has been proceeding quickly in integrating the functionality have emerged.

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Top 5 App Store Optimization (ASO) Agencies

The two primary means through which the general populace comes to learn of new mobile apps is either through advertises, or through the inbuilt search feature in app stores. The ideal way to have a high percentage of organic app installs – apps installed through the inbuilt app store search feature – is to have good ASO, or App Store Optimization. In simple terms, ASO is basically like SEO, but for app stores. It optimises a mobile app’s marketing features like title, icon, keywords, description, screenshots, video, etc, to propel it to a higher position in app stores. For app developers, good ASO is crucial to the success and popularity of their apps. Listed below are the top 5 App Store Optimization (ASO) Agencies to help boost your app download numbers.

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Fines Reach €30M in Netherlands, Apple Defends App Store Changes

App Store icon on screen

Apple defends its plan to make it mandatory for app developers to submit an additional app binary for the Dutch App Store if they want to use a third-party payment processing method. This move comes amidst the tech giant’s still ongoing dispute with the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) in the Netherlands over the App Store. The ACM has ruled that in the Netherlands, the Cupertino company needs to allow dating apps to use third-party payment processing methods. Meanwhile, developers in the rest of the world must mandatorily use Apple’s in-app purchasing system built into the ‌App Store‌. Apple announced that they would comply with the ruling. The company will give developers the ability to use a third-party method in the app itself. Alternatively, they will be able to redirect users to a website for purchase.

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First Apple Launch Event of 2022 Scheduled for March 8th

Image of an Apple Store. Apple will be hosting an Apple Launch Event on 8th March.

On Wednesday, tech giant Apple confirmed speculations that it will be hosting its annual spring launch event on 8th March. Tech enthusiasts have long awaited this product launch event. The event is going to revolve around the tagline of “peek performance”. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, hinted at this. Joswiak tweeted about the event on Wednesday. This would be Apple’s first major event in 2022. Users are expecting the Cupertino company to introduce a budget-friendly iPhone that supports 5G. Tech enthusiasts also expect reveals of a high-end Mac Mini. Moreover, they expect an upgraded version of the iPad Air in this event.

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