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Instagram expands shopping features in Stories and Explore

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Instagram is making it easier for users to buy the stuff they see brands post in Stories. The photo-sharing platform starting testing the Shopping in Stories feature in June; as of today, it's available to businesses based in 46 countries. There's also a new Shopping channel prominently featured in Explore.

Brand accounts can insert shopping links in their Stories, so users can easily view pricing for and links to buy the items featured.

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Instagram expands shopping features in Stories and Explore was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube’s experimental Explore tab begins testing on Android

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Back in July, YouTube began testing a new Explore tab on the home page of its iOS app. Not many people saw it — only about one percent of users on that platform. Apparently feedback has been positive, though, because YouTube has announced that the test is now expanding to more platforms, including Android.

Explore replaces the Trending tab, playing a similar role in recommending new content, but ostensibly in a more personalized way.

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YouTube's experimental Explore tab begins testing on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Why?] Google Maps tests a standalone Map tab, separating it from the driving and transit views

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

You open a maps application, you expect to see a map of where you are. It's common sense, yet we have to start this news article with this pretty basic knowledge bit. The reason? Whoever is behind the latest Google Maps server-side test seems to have missed that "Map app making 101" lesson and went free-styling with their own ideas.

In a limited server-side test (we've only spotted it with three users, two of which have seen it revert back), Google Maps appears to be trying out a separate bottom Map tab.

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[Why?] Google Maps tests a standalone Map tab, separating it from the driving and transit views was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is the new home for Now’s old contextual cards

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Long ago, before Google Now turned into the Feed, Google used to provide you with an easily accessible summary of custom tailored, account-scraped stuff, useful for keeping track of various deadlines or ongoing details. In that transition to Feed, though, the information was relegated to a new "Upcoming" tab in the Google app, and the personal overview started to stagnate a bit. Well, Google's bringing it all back better than ever via the Assistant. 

The change is officially rolling out this week, but we spotted it in testing last month.

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Google Assistant is the new home for Now's old contextual cards was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram video calling, redesigned Explore tab available now

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Instagram's received a considerable update. Weeks after the announcement of Direct video calling integration and testing of a redesigned Explore, the features are now officially available. Instagram has also introduced a number of new camera effects, designed by Ariana Grande, the NBA, and Buzzfeed, among others.

Instagram Direct conversations now have an icon (it's a camera, of course, but I can't not see it as a coffee mug) in the top-right that will open a video call with whomever you're talking to.

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Instagram video calling, redesigned Explore tab available now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant’s personal overview page is going live for some users

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

In its everlasting quest to get information that matters to you, Google announced at I/O 2018 a new Assistant experience that would consolidate the stuff you care about most in a central Feed-like overview page. With a vague launch time of "this summer," we didn't have any exact timeline for the feature's launch, but just as the calendar flipped over to "summer" officially, we received one tip of the new interface going live for a reader.

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Google Assistant's personal overview page is going live for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter is going to make news easier to discover, changes also coming to moments and search

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Twitter shared in a blog post today that it's working on changes to its content discovery features, as well as push notifications for events and news stories the platform identifies as likely to be interesting to you. Most of the changes lack firm release dates, rolling out "in the coming weeks" and months.

Moments will soon scroll vertically instead of horizontally to match the Twitter timeline — Twitter said that in its tests, a vertical layout led to more user engagement.

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Twitter is going to make news easier to discover, changes also coming to moments and search was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v8.1 beta adds ‘At a glance’ widget and Explore link, hints at adding penalties to floating sports scores, and more [APK Teardown]

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Google has been pumping out significant updates pretty fast recently, likely as the finishing touches are put down on new features that will be cut loose in a couple of weeks during I/O. The latest update brings with it the 'At a glance' widget that debuted in the Pixel Launcher, making it available to many more devices and in different launchers. We've also got a few small topics to cover in a teardown.

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Google app v8.1 beta adds 'At a glance' widget and Explore link, hints at adding penalties to floating sports scores, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram tests out a redesigned layout for the Explore tab

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Instagram's feed tab is probably the one in which users spend most of their time, since it's the one with pictures and videos from people and brands you actually chose to follow. The "Explore" tab, on the other hand, is meant to surface content from users you don't follow, either because it's content that's popular on Instagram or just because some algorithm decided you might like it. Honestly, it's so often littered with bad memes and overly-filtered photos that I avoid it for the most part.

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Instagram tests out a redesigned layout for the Explore tab was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Snap introduces Explore to make it easier to find content on its Snap Map

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Snapchat's Snap Map, the heatmap overview of Snaps shared around the world, was introduced last summer, letting users get a better sense of where their friends were sharing from. However, unless you zoomed out and looked around for Snaps and Stories outside your area, you would likely miss out on content that hadn't been shared nearby. Today, Snap has introduced a feature called 'Explore' that will bring more prominence to content on the Snap Map, regardless of where it's shared from.

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Snap introduces Explore to make it easier to find content on its Snap Map was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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