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As it turns 10, Telegram makes ‘Stories’ feature FREE for all!

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Telegram is celebrating its 10th birthday by beginning the rollout of the Stories feature to all users. Today, the platform’s founder Du Rove announced on his Telegram channel that the most awaited “Stories” feature is starting to roll out for all, gradually.

The Stories feature was already availed to Premium subscribers. As it’s a basic feature that is available on all social platforms, Telegram is also ditching the Premium subscription requirement. Since the rollout is gradual, availability may vary by region and operating system.

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Stories feature on Telegram is in enhanced form compared to other social apps like WhatsApp and Instagram. It allows you to create a custom list of users, to which you can show your Stories. In addition, there 4 options so you can choose a time for self Story destruction.

Telegram Turns 10!

Du Rove notes that Telegram gained more than 800M active users in the last 10 years. Through numerous updates and improvements over the years, the cloud-based messaging service redefined what a modern messaging experience should be like.

“The next step for Telegram is to go beyond messaging and spearhead innovation in social media in general. We should use our popularity to change the lives of billions for better, to inspire and uplift people on our planet. The next 10 years will be the time when Telegram reaches its true potential.”

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New iOS 18 features that Android phones have for years!

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Apple iOS 18 will be the biggest upgrade for iPhone users in years. As always, Apple managed to take all the credit for changes it made in the iOS 18, but many of the new features have been available in Android phones for years.

iOS 18 is going to be a big upgrade for Apple iPhone users. However, the features are not so innovative as Android users have had most of them for years. Let’s have a look at the most notable ones!

Homescreen personalization

iOS 18 will enable homescreen customization on iPhone, which was not possible till v17. While Android vendors continued to make homescreen and lockscreen heavily personalizable, Apple realized it too late.

Static app grid is gone, and app icon movement is no longer limited. The iOS 18 also introduces custom color palettes that turn app icons into different shades – a similar approach to Android’s Material You.

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Feature-packed Gallery

Android’s Google Photos and Galaxy’s Samsung Gallery are equipped with advanced editing features. Taking inspiration, Apple also made some fruitful changes to its Photos app to uplevel user experience.

iOS 18 improves the search system of Photos app, allowing users to search for details in photos, including numbers, places, and other identifiers. Magic/Object Eraser is also added in the Photos app to remove unwanted objects.

On-device AI

Google introduced Pixel 8 Pro as the first on-device AI-powered smartphone. Later, Samsung launched the Galaxy S24, S24 Plus and S24 Ultra – all are equipped with Gemini Nano AI innovation.

Apple unveiled Apple Intelligence, which is arriving on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with iOS 18. The company partnered with OpenAI to fuel ChatGPT in products ranging in iPhone, as well as iPad and Mac lineups.

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RCS

Google has been criticizing Apple over the lack of RCS messaging in the iMessage app. The iPhone maker was forced by the European Union to adopt RCS messaging innovation, which is debuting with the iOS 18 upgrade.

The integration of RCS tech will allow users to see delivery and read receipts, theoretically typing indicators, and much richer images. Notably, RCS has been available in Android’s Google Messages for several years.

Emoji generator

iOS 18 has a powerful emoji generator functionality, which is better than Android’s emoji kitchen. It lets users generate bespoke emojis with AI in the style of Apple’s existing library of emojis.

Android has an Emoji Kitchen feature, which allows you to create unique stickers. However, the power of artificial intelligence gives an edge to Apple’s version of emoji creator functionality.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 price starts at $1899 in the US, a $100 increase

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 US variant’s price, memory configuration, and colors leaked. The company’s next foldable smartphone will be available in three storage variants (up to 1TB) and three standard color options.

According to Onleaks (via Smartprix), the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 price could start at $1899 in the US. The phone’s 512GB and 1TB variants may cost $2019 and $2259, respectively.

The source also revealed that the Z Fold 6 will be available in Navy, Silver Shadow, and Pink. However, Evleaks yesterday revealed additional information on colorways alongside the upcoming exclusive hues.

Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, all three variants of the Z Fold 6 could be $100 expensive. Foldable phones are already expensive, and another $100 increment will make it harder to prove worthy in challenging markets.

Integration of Galaxy AI and rising prices of Snapdragon chips are the likely reasons. However, the Korean tech giant may introduce introductory offers and trade-in benefits to make a significant reduction in price initially.

Samsung may launch its new foldables on July 10. The Unpacked event could take place in Paris, France. Aside from phones, the Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring will also be launched at the event.

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June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop brings Gemini Nano, new features

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Google starts rolling out June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop with incredible new capabilities, including Gemini Nano coming to Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a as a developer option. It means, Gemini Nano is no longer exclusive to Pixel 8 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series.

Gemini Nano is arriving for Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a with a June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop. Unlike the Pixel 8 Pro, it will be available as a developer option in the Pixel 8 and 8a. Gemini Nano is the company’s most efficient AI model built for on-device tasks.

Summarize in Recorder

Gemini powers Summarize in Recorder to run on-device on Pixel 8 and 8a. The Recorder app now offers more detailed, downloadable summaries, the ability to detect and include the names of speakers, and export transcripts into text files or Google Docs.

Display sharing via USB-C

Google finally enables display output support on the Pixel 8 series through a USB-C port. You can now display content on a larger screen, like your computer monitor. It gives you more space to enjoy your favorite movies, shows, and slides.

Find My Device Offline

Google has been rolling out the Find My Device network over the past few weeks. With the June 2024 Feature Drop, it’s expected to be available on all supported devices. This upgrade allows you to locate your phone even when it’s off or the battery is dead.

Pixel Camera

Pixel Camera is also adding the best face-capturing feature. Now, it can identify the best moment from your photo in HDR+ with just a single shutter press. Besides, the Pixel  Camera will also let you manually pick which camera lens you want to use while taking photos.

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