Tag Archive: Testing

Facebook and India’s Jio begin testing a WhatsApp-based e-commerce platform

A pilot program is now live in three Indian cities.

What you need to know Reliance has begun testing its WhatsApp-backed JioMart online shopping portal in India. The e-commerce portal is now serving consumers in three cities around Mumbai. Consumers in the three cities can place an order by texting “Hi” to JioMart’s WhatsApp number 8850008000.

Last week, Facebook announced an investment of $ 5.7 billion in India’s Jio to bring millions of small businesses across the  [Read More…]

Broadcasting to specific Assistant speakers is in testing for some users

For the last couple of years, the only option has been to broadcast your message to all of your connected speakers.

What you need to know Broadcast is a feature that lets you send either a custom or Google default message to all of your Google Assitant enabled speakers. The impending update will allow you to specify the speaker you’d like to send the message to. Currently, there is no official mention from Google about broadcasting to  [Read More…]

Google is testing a quick share button for the Chrome toolbar

It’s only available in Chrome Canary for now.

What you need to know Google is testing the inclusion of a quick share button in its mobile browser. The button can be found in the top toolbar, right next to the URL bar. The feature is currently only available in Chrome Canary and requires you to turn on an experimental flag.

If you feel like sharing webpages in Chrome is a little too slow, I’ve got some good  [Read More…]

Google is testing a small YouTube Music redesign for Android

There’s finally a lyrics section in plain view.

What you need to know Google is testing an update to YouTube Music’s Now Playing UI. This new update surfaces key parts of the interface like shuffle and repeat. It also adds a tabbed bottom bar with highlighted lyrics support. It’s server-side triggered, so users have to wait till Google rolls it out to them.

Google is testing a small YouTube Music redesign, playing with elements on the Now  [Read More…]

Google is testing search results with lots of pictures and almost no words

Taking visual search to a whole new level.

What you need to know Google appears to be testing a radically different search results page with lots of visual imagery. These search results are only appearing on Google searches performed on a desktop browser, not mobile devices. While it’s light on text, the visual distinction between search results and ads is incredibly stark.

Google is testing a new page design for desktop search results, and it’s a rather  [Read More…]

Xiaomi is testing a new privacy feature that flags suspicious app behavior

The new controls will go even beyond what Android 10 offers.

What you need to know Xiaomi is reportedly working on beefing up security in MIUI 11. It’s working on a feature that notifies users when an app uses sensitive permissions. Potentially suspicious behavior, like opening another app or autostarting in the background, will also be flagged.

Privacy controls are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder, with every day bringing a new story about  [Read More…]

Uber testing feature that lets some California drivers set their own fares

It’s one of several changes being made in response to California’s new gig-economy law.

What you need to know Uber is testing a feature that will let drivers set their own fares. It’s being tested in California, specifically by drivers picking up from airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Sacramento. It will allow drivers to set fares in 10 percent increments, up to five times the Uber base price for the ride.

Uber is testing a  [Read More…]

YouTube is testing a way to quickly find creators featured in video collabs

Testing is being done with a small percentage of users.

What you need to know YouTube is testing a new “featured in this video” section. It is currently only available to a small percentage of users as YouTube tests it and gathers feedback. If it is available for you, then you’ll see a section under the video with links to the YouTubers featured in the video and the option to subscribe.

YouTube is currently testing a new  [Read More…]

TikTok is testing in-app monetization with ‘Link in Bio’ and in-video URLs

“We’re always experimenting with new ways to improve the app experience for our users.”

What you need to know TikTok is experimenting with ways to commercialize its platform in the U.S. Users can now add links to e-commerce sites to their profile bio. URLs can also send viewers quickly to shopping websites straight from videos.

A report suggests that TikTok is beginning to experiment with ways to monetize its platform, which has over a billion users.

As  [Read More…]

Facebook is testing a photos-only mode in its app

Instagram inside Facebook?

What you need to know A report shows Facebook is testing a photos-only mode within its app. ‘Popular photos’ uses an algorithm to generate a photos-only feed for users. It could offer users an Instagram-esque escape from Facebook’s regular content.

A report this week suggests that Facebook is quietly testing a photos-only mode for its mobile app, that would allow users to see algorithmically suggested photos in a feed similar to Instagram.

According to  [Read More…]