YouTube’s Autoplay on Home Feature Coming to All Android, iOS Users
Initially an exclusive to YouTube Premium subscribers for the past six months, “Autoplay on Home” is now rolling out to all free mobile users. This feature helps viewers decide what to watch before clicking on a video within the Home tab.
Whilst this will come as nothing new to those that have already subscribed to the YouTube Premium service, it is a completely optional feature that is enabled by default when connected to Wi-Fi.
You might not see this right away though, as Google confirmed that this feature will be rolling out over the coming weeks. It’s also likely that Autoplay on Home will vary in availability from region to region and device to device.
That said, users on both iOS and Android can expect to see those static thumbnails come to life as they scroll down their tailored YouTube feed. YouTube claims this will help viewers make a “more informed decision about whether you want to watch a video, leading to longer engagement with videos you choose to watch.”
YouTube has also released a video that explains the change in further detail, with YouTube product manager David Sharon helping to explain what Autoplay on Home does for both creators and consumers.
If you were worried about having these videos blaring out of your speakers, then don’t. Autoplay on Home plays the video in complete silence with captions turned on. Like we mentioned, you can disable the feature completely to save on mobile data — although Google has worked on this aspect to help consume much less data compared to watching the full video.
In addition to this, YouTube has confirmed that thumbnails are not going anywhere. With Autoplay on Home, videos will begin playing after a slight pause to showcase the thumbnail.
Google Translate now offers gender-specific translations for some languages
Google Translate will now show gender-specific translations for some languages.
In an effort to reduce gender bias in its translations, Google Translate will now show gender-specific translations for some languages. Previously, Google Translate would only show one translation for words that could either have a feminine or masculine form. Translations for words like “strong” or “doctor” would skew masculine, while “beautiful” and “nurse” would skew feminine. Now, Google Translate will show both feminine and masculine translations for words in select languages.
Google’s been on a mission to promote fairness in AI and machine learning, as demonstrated recently by its initiative to remove gendered pronouns from Gmail’s Smart Compose feature. The company says it’s also thinking about how to address non-binary gender in translations as well as gender bias in other Google products like search auto-complete.
Currently, the gender-specific translations are only available for translating single words from English to romance languages like French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. Turkish to English is the only language pair that provides both translations for sentences. Google gives an example, seen above, in which typing “o bir doktor” in Turkish will turn up both “she is a doctor” and “he is a doctor.”
The feature currently only works in browsers like Chrome and Firefox, and it will eventually be available on iOS and Android. Google says it’s working to bring support for more languages as well.
Google offering Rs 7,000 instant discount with Pixel 3
This new Google ‘offer’ can get you Rs 7,000 instant discount on flipkart
Google has announced a short-term referral program for all variants of the Pixel 3 family, ahead of the December festive season. As part of this referral program, existing users of Google’s Nexus and Pixel families of smartphones will be able to refer their friends and families to buy any variant of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (review). With their referrals, new buyers of any Pixel 3 family device will get instant discount of Rs 7,000 on it, over and above any existing offer that might already be there.
Additionally, referrers of the Google Pixel 3 smartphones under this program will also be rewarded with a Flipkart gift voucher worth Rs 2,000. The offer is valid for purchases made only on Flipkart. To avail this, an existing Nexus or Pixel user will need to use their email address to login to the Flipkart app, and click on the banner that points towards the said referral scheme. Following this, they will be urged to add their email address again to avail the program, and the referral link will be emailed to the user within 48 hours of registration
The user(s) can then share their referral codes with anyone, who can then first validate it and add it to their account. Once added, the code will remain valid till the end of December 24th. Once the purchase is made, the new customer will get an instant discount of the aforementioned amount over and above any other discounts. Once the purchase is completed, the referrer will also be credited with the Rs 2,000 gift voucher, valid on the e-commerce platform.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are available in two storage variants, each of which can be bought in three colour choices — Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink. The Pixel 3 is priced at Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant, and Rs 80,000 for the 128GB variant. The Pixel 3 XL, meanwhile, is priced at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 92,000.
“The discount offer can only be extended to new users by existing owners of a Pixel 3 variant, and is valid only till December 24.”
We can seen Dark Mode soon on Whatsapp
WhatsApp may get Dark Mode soon, group calls feature now rolling out to users
Almost every week WhatsApp gets a new feature or two. Even as the company starts rolling out group calls to its Android users, we hear of another new feature that is going to be added to the chat app in the coming weeks. This is the Dark Mode, which will not only allow users to save their eyes from glare when they are chatting on WhatsApp late in night but will also probably help save them battery on their phones.
Yet again, the information comes courtesy WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that often reveals unreleased WhatsApp features by looking into beta code of the app. A few days ago, WABetaInfo tweeted, “I receive a lot of questions about the Dark Mode. It’s still under development and there is no news now, be patient please. When there is news on iOS and Android, you will obviously receive more info from me, don’t worry.”
Of late, as more and more technology companies wake up to the harmful effect of the screen glare on the eyes, apps are increasingly acquiring dark mode. Twitter got it earlier, whereas Apple just gave the whole macOS a dark mode with the Mojave release.
Apart from saving eyes from the glare, the dark mode in the apps can also help with the battery life, particularly on the phones like the Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 3, iPhone XS and the OnePlus 6T that have OLED screens. When the OLED screens need to show blacks, they can completely turn off pixels, which significantly helps in reducing the battery consumption. So for example, if you are someone who is one WhatsApp four to five hours a day, for you the battery saving could be substantial with the dark mode.
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