In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at Microsoft’s fun new app, Facebook’s recent updates and a milestone for Android.
Microsoft release Sprinkles
Love photo apps like Snapchat, but don’t have the time to use funny emojis or captions? With Microsoft’s new app Sprinkles, it’ll do the thinking for you! Sprinkles is a fun photography app that essentially mixes photos and machine-learning into one exciting package.
When you take a photo on Sprinkles, the app will offer suggestions for captions, geo-filters and stickers based on what it detects in the picture, using tools such as facial and age recognition. But don’t worry, you can write your own captions and customise photos as normal too. Sprinkles is similar to Snapchat and Instagram, but offers some extra fun features. It’s free to download and available for iOS on the App Store now.
Facebook Introduces Live Location in Messenger
Facebook announced a new feature for the Messenger App recently, called Live Location. Live Location is a new way to share your location with your friends and family, and will be rolled out globally on iOS and Android.
Live Location means you can share your location no matter what you’re doing – meeting up with friends, going to an appointment or walking home late at night. Locations can be shared with a friend in Messenger, or an entire group. Once you’ve shared your location, the person or people you’ve shared it with will be able to see your movements for the next 60 minutes. For more information on using Live Location, see here.
Facebook Offer New Ways to Go Live
The social media giant has been busy recently, releasing lots of new features. Facebook have also just announced that users can now broadcast live video on Facebook from their desktop or laptops, not just mobile devices. This new change could prove particularly useful for those who enjoy creating vlogs and tutorials.
Facebook have also added a new capability to use streaming software or external hardware when using live video on a computer. Gamers will be excited by this change, as they can now stream PC gameplay to friends, share screens, insert graphics and more. To get started, check out Facebook.
Android overtakes Windows for the first time
For the first time ever Android has overtaken Windows as the world’s most popular operating system for internet usage, a giant milestone for the Google OS. StatCounter, an Irish web analytics company, declared that Android was the most used OS in terms of internet usage across all devices, with a 37.93% market share in March. Windows currently have 37.91%, marginally behind. You can read the full report here.
This major achievement for Android is due to the huge increase in people using the internet on mobile devices, with usage on laptops and PC’s declining.