The world vibrates to the rhythm of social media trends. These spaces of exchange whose main objective is to bring communities together are more influential than ever. Social networks are now inseparable from the virtual world, the face of which they have definitively changed.
For entertainment, meeting or doing business, social networks are used by millions of people every day. Their freely available apps were still massively downloaded in 2021.
1. TikTok — 656 million
The revolution of tiktok in the world of social networks was further confirmed in 2021. With more than 656 million downloads on Android like iOS, the Chinese social network takes first place in this top. Initially appreciated by teenagers, TikTok ended up conquering people of all ages and even public figures. This is due in particular to its fun side. Its operation is in fact based on choreographies and sound reproductions in short videos. The social network has been the center of attention over the past year and has again brought out new celebrities. The latter are paid on the basis of the number of views garnered by their videos and various related partnerships.
2. Instagram — 545 million
This social network belonging to Meta does not suffer from the effects of competition. This is due to its regular updating with hot new features. The Reels have been added to the application in particular to make short videos like the Tiktok model. It is highly rated by celebrities whose accounts are followed by hundreds of millions of people. Instagram is a service for sharing photos, videos and sometimes discussion in the Direct Message part. Photos can be edited directly in the app and once shared can be liked and commented on by followers. The service now has more than 1 billion users worldwide.
3. Facebook — 416 million
Even though Facebook has passed the milestone of 2 billion users for a while, he continues to conquer the world. It is a very complete historical social network under the ownership of Meta. In addition to sharing texts, images, photos and videos, Facebook users can interact with each other in several other ways.
In addition to messaging, you can create unconditional groups and bring people together around a common interest. The social network also offers the possibility for structures and public figures to develop a privileged space with their subscribers through pages. The application integrates several other applications that facilitate instant actions on the social network.
4. WhatsApp — 395 million
The instant messaging application par excellence is logically in this top. Used by over 2 billion people, it was still downloaded 395 million times in 2021 on Play Store and App Store. With its unique identification system based on a telephone number, it allows the exchange of text or voice messages, documents and multimedia files. The user can therefore send any type of file to his contacts or in a group and also make video calls without using the network GSM. The Stories part of the application is also very popular with users. It is in fact possible to put texts, images or short videos visible to all contacts. Each story disappears after 24 hours.
5. Snapchat — 327 million
With its filter system that offers several options to users, the application Snapchat always remains in the elite. On the messaging side, it allows you to send photos or videos that disappear after one second or more depending on the programmed duration. Snapchat has also popularized the concept of stories, which has been taken up by several other applications. The user can put multimedia files for his community. These stories also disappear after 24 hours. The application has been undergoing gradual improvements since 2011, when it was launched. Snapchat also includes a world map from which users can share their positions with each other.
6. Twitter — 171 million
The platform of microblogging continues in a good momentum. Much more sober, it is used by more than 326 million people per month. Twitter allows its users to share their moods and opinions in up to 280 characters. These publications called tweets can be accompanied by photos or short videos. Interaction on the social network comes down to the “like” button, comments and retweet. Twitter also has an integrated message service where users can chat privately. In 2021, the app launched Twitter Spaces which allows any user to create and animate private or public audio chat rooms.
7. MX TakaTak — 128 million
Less known in Europe, Mx TakaTak has conquered the Asian market and more specifically India, the country from which it originates. The app works just like Tiktok. Users can make and share short videos of popular music. They can also edit videos and mix images into sequences. Mx TakaTak is one of those entertainment apps that blast their users’ creativity between multiple handy options and tools.
8. Discord — 121 million
Again 121 million people downloaded Discord in 2021. That’s impressive room for improvement for this cross-platform app launched in 2015. Discord is loved by streamers and also developers who are drawn to cool features. The app allows users to create servers that they own. They can then invite other users and assign them roles. Users can also develop robots from the application that provide animation, moderation and even monitoring. These robots also automatically display various data.
9. WeChat — 109.4 million
This Chinese platform which combines instant messaging, microblogging and mobile payment is always very popular. His influence reached its peak in China where it is one of the giants and extends to India. Users can exchange photos, do live video chat and even read QR Codes. Its original functionality Bottle in the sea “ also allows users to broadcast an anonymous message that can be fished by anyone on the network. It is an application that is intended to be complete and remains accessible on both mobile and computer.
10. Josh — 111 million
It is one of the most popular video sharing apps in India. Users can create and then share original videos with effects. The videos are organized by area of interest which allows you to find yourself very quickly in the application. With 111 million downloads in 2021from App Store and Play Store,Josh is one of the viral platforms of the past year.
Xiaomi is preparing a special version of MIUI 15 for Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Redmi K60 Pro
Xiaomi is preparing MIUI 15 for various smartphones, but the company has something interesting in store for its flagships: Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Redmi K60 Pro will receive a special version of the interface. How exactly this version of MIUI 15 will differ from the usual one is not reported, but it will be based on Android 14.
The stable beta version of the new interface for Xiaomi Mi 13 Ultra is designated as MIUI-V126.96.36.199.UMACNXM, for Redmi K60 Pro – MIUI-V188.8.131.52.UMKCNXM. The release of final firmware versions is expected in late October – early November. That is, these two models can receive the final MIUI 15 even before Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro.
Microsoft is preparing a lightweight version of Windows 12 for very cheap PCs and laptops
Microsoft is indeed working on a “web-centric” version of the next generation of the Windows operating system, commonly known as Windows 12. This was reported by the thematic resource WindowsLatest, citing several sources close to Microsoft and its industry partners.
The cloud or web-based version of Windows 12 is similar in operating principles to the already well-known ChromeOS operating system from Google, which is used mainly on school and student PCs and laptops that are characterized by accessibility.
As WindowsLatest notes, the cloud version of Windows 12 is not intended to replace the traditional proprietary OS on desktop computers and could be the “true” answer to Chrome OS. This is Microsoft’s attempt to create a more modern, modular and lightweight version of Windows for low-cost educational devices.
Microsoft is already building a development team for the next generation of Windows. This is confirmed by job listings appearing online. It also notes that the “next generation of Windows” will appear in 2024.
As WindowsLatest learned, the Microsoft Edge browser and a new artificial intelligence system will be the center of the first web version of Windows 12.
Android Auto users complain about problems with GPS
Users of Google’s car platform began to complain about problems with the GPS signal after the release of the stable Android Auto 10.5 update.
According to some users, they have encountered problems with GPS while driving. Several users reported that the GPS signal suddenly disappeared for a few seconds and the navigator froze, but after a few moments it came to life and continued to work normally. This problem affects not only Google Maps, but also the Waze app.
Unfortunately, Google developers have not yet acknowledged the problems with GPS. However, you shouldn’t get too upset because new Android Auto updates come out every few weeks. If you have problems with GPS when using Android Auto, you can downgrade to an older version.
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