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Twitter expands Spaces beta for Android users

Twitter expands Spaces beta for Android users

Audio conversations on social media are all the rage today, but Android users have been left out in some quarters — both Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces have been exclusive to iOS users. While this remains the case for the former (it has announced plans for an Android app, though), Spaces is now opening up its test for Android users.

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Scheduling texts in Google Messages is officially rolling out for everyone

Scheduling texts in Google Messages is officially rolling out for everyone

You can already schedule messages in Gmail and Telegram (among others), and now Google Messages is joining the club. The functionality showed up for a few people as part of an a/b test back in November 2020, and today, Google has announced that the feature will come to everyone using Messages on Android 7 and higher. The option replaces the long-press shortcut for sending an MMS with a subject.

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Twitter is testing a way to let people literally shout at you in DMs

Twitter is testing a way to let people literally shout at you in DMs

Audio communication seems to be the next big focus for Twitter. Last year, the micro-blogging platform introduced audio tweets (on iOS, anyway) and began testing its answer to Clubhouse, Spaces (again, iOS only). Now, it's experimenting with voice messages in DMs — a feature that's been available on social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram for a while now.

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Cards in Google Discover are showing relevant hashtags for some

Cards in Google Discover are showing relevant hashtags for some

Hashtags are prevalent on many social media platforms these days. With regards to Google's own services, Google+ had hashtag support before it was killed off, and YouTube has had them for nearly three years at this point. Discover is the latest Google service to experiment with hashtags, though it does seem a little unnecessary.

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YouTube tests option to share short looping clips instead of full videos

YouTube tests option to share short looping clips instead of full videos

YouTube is always testing new features, some more controversial than others. The latest experiment revolves around sharing short, looping clips from longer videos. Creators and fans have been asking for a way to easily highlight memorable moments in long-form content, particularly when it comes to livestreams. With the new test, YouTube is working on bringing just that to the platform.

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YouTube briefly tested cross-device downloads

YouTube briefly tested cross-device downloads

It looks like YouTube wants to make video downloads easier to manage for Premium users. A cross device offline settings entry has popped up and subsequently disappeared in the most recent Android app versions for some. While the feature apparently wasn't fully functional yet, it looks like it might allow you to download videos on your phone and make them automatically appear on other devices someday.

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Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

As one of the most important apps on a smartphone, Google is always making tweaks to the Play Store to improve its usability and design. Earlier this month, a controversial test was spotted that took hamburgers off the menu. Now the Play Store is experimenting with a new change that shows direct comparisons between similar apps to let users decide which best fits their needs.

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Twitter gives users new settings for who's allowed to reply to your tweets

Twitter gives users new settings for who's allowed to reply to your tweets

People online can sometimes be a little less civil than they would be in person, which is probably why Twitter is now introducing settings to restrict who can reply to your tweets. Assuming your profile isn't set to private, people will still be able to see, like, and retweet (with and without comments).

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YouTube is experimenting with a language selector in voice search

YouTube is experimenting with a language selector in voice search

Shortly after starting to test an all-in-one record-and-publish function in the YouTube app, its developers have added another experiment that'll be useful for those of us who'd rather only watch videos. They're working on a button that lets you switch voice search languages right on the input screen. If you're multilingual and like using voice search, this will finally make it possible to search for videos that aren't available in the language you've set up in your YouTube app settings.

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YouTube testing new one-stop recording and uploading feature in its app

YouTube testing new one-stop recording and uploading feature in its app

YouTube is testing a new all-in-one shooting and uploading feature for its creators using the platform's mobile apps. It allows people to record multiple clips right in the YouTube app and upload them as a new video. However, there's a limitation that's odd at first glance: It looks like creators will only be able to record 15-second long clips or takes at a time.

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