The popular TikTok app has been downloaded three billion times from the App Store and Google Play Store, according to the latest data from research firm SensorTower.
This is a historic event as TikTok was the first non-Facebook app to record that many downloads. TikTok also made it to the elite list of apps with over $ 2.5 billion spent. This list also includes Tinder, Netflix, YouTube, and Tencent Video.
TikTok has managed to achieve this lofty goal despite being banned in several countries such as India and Pakistan. The app is also banned in China, but TikTok parent company ByteDance has created an identical app called Douyin for the Chinese market, the results of which are also included in the SensorTower data.
SensorTower also reports that competitors such as Kwai and Moj are trying to take over the market in TikTok territory. Analysts believe ByteDance will need to continue to innovate for TikTok to continue to dominate the market.
SensorTower also believes that TikTok needs to further develop its own creator ecosystem so that more people create exclusive content on the platform, forcing fans to log onto TikTok regularly.
WhatsApp users will be banned from taking screenshots of files for one-time viewing
WhatsApp developers are working on a new feature that will prevent users from taking screenshots and capturing video from the screen when opening files for a one-time view. The innovation has already been implemented in the beta version of the messenger for Android.
So, in the future mobile version of WhatsApp, users will be notified before sending a file with a single view that the recipient will be able to open the photo or video only once and will not be able to resend it to anyone, save it, copy it or take a screenshot. There are no such notifications or warnings in the current version of WhatsApp. True, at the same time, nothing prevents the recipient from recording a video or photographing content on another smartphone.
Recall that recently the release of a full-fledged WhatsApp client for desktop PCs and laptops running Windows took place.
Xiaomi will stop developing MIUI for eight smartphones. Among them are Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi 10X and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
Xiaomi today announced that it will stop working on beta firmware versions for nine of its smartphones from October 31 this year: Xiaomi 10 Ultra, Redmi K30S Extreme Commemorative Edition, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi 10X, Redmi 10X Pro , Redmi K30 5G Extreme Edition and Redmi Note 9.
Naturally, this does not mean at all that all these models will immediately stop receiving software updates – fresh firmware for them will continue to be released for a long time, as beta versions are transferred to the release (final) status. However, we can already say that these models will not receive anything fresher than MIUI 13 (MIUI 14 will not be released until November).
Xiaomi also announced the recruitment of participants in the Android 13 beta testing group for the Redmi K50 Gaming Edition gaming smartphone – the test will be launched before the end of this month.
Xiaomi sets records: the number of MIUI users has reached 547 million
Today, Xiaomi released its financial report for the second quarter of 2022. Among other things, it provides interesting statistics on the proprietary MIUI shell.
According to Xiaomi, the total number of monthly active users in the second quarter successfully broke the record, reaching 547 million. The statistics take into account users from all over the world, not just in China.
If we take into account only China, then in July the number of monthly active users reached 140.2 million, also a new record high.
In total, there were 17.8 million new MIUI users worldwide and 4.6 million in China in the second quarter.
Recall that in November 2021, Xiaomi announced the overcoming of MIUI milestone of 500 million worldwide.
The official debut of MIUI took place in the summer of 2010, in August. The history of MIUI began with hundreds of beta testers. And five years later, in 2015, the number of users exceeded 100 million. Then growth began to accelerate. The company reported 200 million users in 2018 and 300 million in 2019. As of January 2021, the number of MIUI users worldwide has exceeded 400 million.
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