Today is Friday, June 23, and according to my calendar reminder, it's time for a weekly load of tech goodness aka weekly tech news. We have a lot of exciting news from the world of technology this week, the list includes Snapchat's latest acquisition worth $350 million, OnePlus finally releasing their over-the-top 2017 flagship OnePlus 5, Facebook announced for Indian users Offering new features, Snapchat launched a new location-sharing feature, while Google launched a new search engine for jobs. It's a lot of exciting news that we haven't had any more delayed payments so let's walk in.
Snapchat acquires Zenly for $350 million
Quick, the popular eyewear company behind Snapchat and Uber has seen a rough time listing with their anticipation as well as after going public. The company's share price has plummeted significantly since the announcement. But none of these annoyances slowed down the Venice, California-based company. They recently closed the acquisition of Paris-based startup Zenly. Zenly is a location-sharing app, and we've covered the posts in detail Snapchat's latest feature is based on Zenly's top. Zenly has 40,000 downloads according to Sensor Tower. The app has the largest user base in France, but also a significant number of users in Asia, including 12 percent in South Korea and 8 percent in Japan, according to the report. Zenly's app allows users to see where their friends are currently in the background using GPS on a map. People can then make plans to hang out with these messages in the Friends app. The app is mainly used by teens to keep up with their friends, and around schools or concerts or other such events. Zenly raised $35.1 million, including a $225,000 Series B in September 2016 led by renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm Benchmark.
Instead of closing Zenly and folding it into Snapchat, Sihe will allow Zenly to operate somewhat autonomously. With both Bitmap and Zenly, Sihe has done both hands-on preparations in the social content space. Since its Snapchat Stories feature is being actively replicated by other apps on Instagram and Facebook, Snapchat is wise to expand into the space to help people meet the social utility of offline. You can now quickly have two different apps on your own home screen. While the $250 million-$35 billion figure might seem like a lot to pay Zenly, Snapchat has seen many other expensive acquisitions get better. It bought Looksery for $1.5 million in cash and bonuses, which continue to enhance its signature augmented reality filters. It bought Bitstrips for $64.2 million, which has flourished as Snapchat's Bitmoji personalized avatar stickers. Story Search, QR Snapcodes and its eyewear glasses are all based on Vurb, Scan.me and Verge Labs, which acquired them.
OnePlus unveils its 2017 flagship: OnePlus 5
OnePlus is considered the new kid on the block when it comes to smartphones. They've had enough success with incredible handsets like the OnePlus One and OnePlus 3T and devices like the OnePlus 2 OnePlus X. In the presence of their 4 tears of great success , the company has seen the ups and downs of both. But one thing that remains for companies equally is their ability to dramatically shake up the industry by launching a connected device for the price you just can't beat. This time, they did it with the OnePlus 5, its 2017 flagship. Now, obviously, the OnePlus 3T is only 6 months old, but OnePlus decided to follow the annual trend of their smartphone launches, and they're delighted that their loyal customers have a new phone . Although the phone was leaked to launch completely ahead of schedule, the hype remains true for the new phone. Before anything, let's get out of the normative way. The OnePlus 5 sports a familiar 1080 AMOLED panel we've grown fond of from the OnePlus 3 to the OnePlus 3T. The phone is covered in metal and glass, which screams premium from every angle. The popular alert slider is back on this phone. Internally, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC and either 6 GB or 8GB of RAM, with an insane 8 GB RAM version. Optional memory includes the usual 64GB and 128GB variants. When the phone protrudes in front of the camera.
The OnePlus 5 has a dual camera setup like the iPhone 7 Plus. The sensor module includes a 16 MP as well as a 20MP telephoto lens for zooming in in shooting and portrait modes with bokeh effect. The front camera is a 16 MP sensor with electronic stabilization. In terms of connectivity the phone rocks bluetooth 5 and NFC, we have a USB Type C (USB 2.0 speed) but the battery on the phone is now 3300mAh only but according to the OnePlus software in such a way that it Optimizing is easy to finalize your day. The dual SIM tray accepts two Nano SIM cards and supports VoLTE with 4G. Besides the brand new hardware for the OnePlus 5, the other big change is the flexible new OxygenOS 4.5.0. It's built on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and feels a little more refined than before, with slightly smaller icons and text menus. There's no app drawer button Now, you just swipe up on the dock and pull the Google Pixel. Swiping right takes you to the shelf, which lets you customize the weather widgets, set reminders, see your recently used apps, and monitor cellular data and storage capacity. This can be disabled as needed. A long press on an app compatible icon brings up Nougat shortcuts for commonly used functions. In terms of pricing, the 6GB version will set you back ₹32,999 (i.e. $479) and the 8GB version will cost you ₹37,9999 (i.e. $539), which certainly seems a little too expensive. What will be interesting to see with the OnePlus 5 is if the company continues to support the existing OnePlus 3 and 3T as the OnePlus 2 and X have seen no software updates for Marshmallow up one Terrible death.
Facebook announces new features for Indian users
India is Facebook's biggest market and it's also one of the countries where it tops the list when it comes to online abuse when it comes to teens, especially teenage girls. Online safety is a fetish issue moving forward on mostly Indians own Latest Mailing Database days. In the same light, Facebook recently unveiled a new feature that it is testing pilots in India and will roll out to other countries over time.
The feature is called Avatar Guard and it helps users protect users' profile pictures from misuse. This feature is analyzed by prohibiting sharing or downloading of images. You can still screenshot their analytics image, but it adds an extra line to the defensive user. The feature is gradually rolling out to users, and once you land on your Facebook profile page via the mobile app, you should be aware of the feature.
Snapchat announces a new location sharing feature
We've covered capturing the latest Zenly acquisition above in a separate section. Right after the acquisition, Snapchat was updated with new features. Snapchat's next big feature wants to make you meet your real-life friends instead of just watching each other's lives on your phone. Snap Maps lets you share your current location, which appears to be on a friend map when you open Snapchat's updates. This is available today for all iOS and Android users globally. When you open Snapchat once you enter the feature, you can choose to share your location with all your friends, a few friends you choose, or you can go into ghost mode at any time from the map or disappear for hours without opening Snapchat.