IT News Weekly Recap – Facebook’s Answer To Tinder, Xiaomi’s Bold IPO, Upgraded Instagram AR & More

Dating Is Coming To Facebook, Officially

Facebook Dating Tinder-like Logo

  • The new service will be focused on building long-term relationships, opposed to apps like Tinder
  • The dating profiles will only be visible to non-friends who have also enabled the feature.
  • Tinder’s parent company Match Group fell 17% after the Facebook’s announcement.
  • The feature will start testing later this year.

Instagram And WhatsApp Both Roll Out Group Video Calls

Instagram And WhatsApp Video Calls

  • At F8 conference earlier last week, Facebook announced the coming of video chats to both Instagram and WhatsApp.
  • Video calls will be available both for individuals and small groups of users.
  • The feature is currently being tested and will roll out globally in the next few weeks.

Xiaomi – China’s 3rd Largest Tech Company?

Xiaomi Headquarters

  • The South China Morning Post reports that the company aims to raise $10 billion at a $100 billion valuation.
  • Xiaomi’s IPO is the world’s largest raise since Alibaba in 2014.
  • If the IPO succeeds, Xiaomi will become China’s third largest technology company based on market cap.

Google Finally Launches .APP Domain for Apps on the Web

.App domain name

  • The target audience for .app is the mobile developer and app community.
  • The main selling point for the new top-level domain is security, as Google requires HTTPS for all .app website connections.
  • Starting tomorrow, May 8, .app domains will become available to the general public.

Instagram Is Testing An In-app Payments Feature

Instagram payments

  • Last week, Instagram has quietly introduced in-app payments as a test feature for a limited number of users.
  • The users could book spa and restaurant appointments through a third-party integration with dinner reservation app called Resy.

Messenger & Instagram AR, Updates To AR Studio

Messenger AR Features Examples

  • As part of an ongoing closed beta, Facebook now allows select brands to introduce their own custom AR filters to the official Messenger app.
  • A specialized AR button in the app allows users to access filters from Nike, KIA, Sephora, and ASUS.
  • Instagram also opens augmented reality for third-party developers. Brands like BuzzFeed, Vogue, and the NBA have already tried the new features.
  • Updates are coming to Facebook’s AR Studio too. Changes include a simplified uploading system for 3D assets and analytical tracking for AR-based apps.

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