Twitter Starts Testing View Counts to Surface the Best Videos

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The view count is visible right next to the usual timer on videos
View count could possibly be used to rank content going ahead
Twitter spokesperson has confirmed that test is being conducted
Twitter has reportedly started showing view count on videos for some users as the social network continues to experiment with video related features on its platform. Much like other social media platforms, Twitter has also been trying to figure out video features that are desired by its users so that it can stay relevant.

The view count on videos, which was first spotted by BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw, is now showing up for some people right next to the usual timer, as pointed out in a report by Mashable.

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Photo Credit: Twitter/@dorseyshaw

“As video consumption continues to increase on Twitter, we are constantly experimenting with ways to provide a rich video experience,” a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable via email. “View counts provide helpful context on the popularity of a video, and we are exploring this feature to help surface the best content,” the spokesperson said.

With this test, it appears like Twitter will soon be ranking content on the basis of their popularity, possibly for its Explore tab, which was added with the aim to make it easier to find interesting content.

The spokesperson has also clarified that within this test the views will be counted as “[Media Rating Council]”. This essentially means that the view will be counted by industry standard of “2 seconds consecutively in view at 50 percent visibility,” Mashable said citing the spokesperson in its report.

It remains to be seen when this new feature will eventually be rolled out to everyone. Twitter recently started looping all videos posted on its website with duration less than 6.5 seconds after the conversion of Vine into a pared-down camera app.

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HTC 10 Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update

HTC 10 Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update
Company earlier said that the update will be rolled out in Q4
Versi didn’t mention any particular regions in his tweet
The HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 are expected to receive update next
In August, HTC announced that its HTC 10 will be the first smartphone in its lineup to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update (with the HTC Sense UI skin). The company said that the smartphone will be getting the update sometime in the fourth quarter but didn’t give any further details at the time. Now, the company has announced that the owners of unlocked HTC a10 units will start receiving getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update from Friday.

HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi announced that the unlocked units will be receiving the update from Friday. “Happy Thanksgiving! HTC 10 unlocked owners will receive Nougat OS update tomorrow morning! Enjoy!” Versi said on Thursday. Considering that Versi didn’t mention any particular region for the rollout, it can be assumed that the company will be rolling out the Nougat update globally.

The HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 are next in line to receive the Nougat update by the company. Notably, the company was not able to keep its promise that it made back in March. After the launch of company’s One A9 smartphone, HTC made a bold claim that the unlocked version of the smartphone will get “every” Android update “within 15 days” of it being pushed to Google’s Nexus devices.

We will have to wait and see if the company revises its promise or at least make sure that it is able keep the promises it made going forward.

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Lenovo Z2 Plus Starts Receiving Its First Update; Brings Camera Improvements and Bug Fixes

Lenovo Z2 Plus Starts Receiving Its First Update; Brings Camera Improvements and Bug Fixes

Lenovo Z2 Plus Starts Receiving Its First Update; Brings Camera Improvements and Bug Fixes
The latest update bumps ZUI version to 2.0.111
The update is 272MB in size
It brings improvements in low-light photography
The Lenovo Z2 Plus was launched in India just a week ago, and now a new software update has already started rolling out to its early adopters. This update brings camera app improvements and bug fixes. The latest update brings the ZUI to version 2.0.111 and is of 272MB in size.

As mentioned, the update introduces enhancements to the camera app on the Lenovo Z2 Plus. The update claims to improve low light photography and increase autofocus stability as well. It also comes with enhanced multi-language support, and improvements in the device’s display and overall system stability. The update also fixes issues related to notification and phone call of Chrono case.

(Also see: Lenovo Z2 Plus First Impressions)
Interestingly, even after the update, the security patch is still dated back to August 1, which means that the September security update will be rolled out separately. The Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone is exclusively available via Amazon India and is priced at Rs. 17,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant and Rs. 19,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant.

Just to recap, the smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s own skin atop. It is a dual-SIM (4G+3G) smartphone that supports Nano-SIM cards. The Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Lenovo Z2 Plus is powered by a 3500mAh battery, and supports 4G connectivity. There is also a U Touch 2.0 fingerprint sensor on the home button, which is claimed to deliver 99.7 percent accuracy.

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Google+ Revamped UI Starts Rolling Out to All Users

Google+ Revamped UI Starts Rolling Out to All Users

Google+ Revamped UI Starts Rolling Out to All Users
The new Google+ is expected to be light, fast and responsive
The new features to reach Android, iOS and web users in the coming weeks
It also brings to ability to add photos and links to comments.
Google hasn’t given up on Google+ yet. The tech giant on Tuesday began rolling out the new revamped Google+ UI to all users, along with a few updates and improvements. The most notable changes among these include the new notifications centre, and the ability to add links and photos to comments.

The new UI was launched last November as a preview, but is now going to be the default Google+ interface. In the coming weeks, users will be shifted to the new UI when they sign-in to Google+ automatically. However, for now they can opt out of the new UI and go back to the Classic version if they so prefer. To go back to the Classic Google+, click on the “Back to classic Google+” link in the bottom left-hand corner of the webpage. The new UI brings bold colours, and improved access to Collections and Communities. The new Google+ website is expected to be more responsive, fast and very light as well. Google Apps users already using Google+ will also see the new UI when they next sign-in. They also, for now, have the option to toggle back to the Classic version if they want to.

The new Google+ brings a new notifications centre for seeing all the recent activity and alerts. It also introduces the ability to add links and photos to comments. There’s a new option called approved posting as well, which allows Community owners to moderate comments before they go live. All of these features are rolling out the Android, iOS and the web in the coming weeks.
Lastly, Google+ with all its new features is also becoming a core part of the Google for Work service in the next few weeks. Once this transition happens, Google Apps users won’t be allowed to switch back to the Classic UI.

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