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Instagram's IGTV app now supports landscape video; Google Maps, Duo, and more are updated

Some apps for iOS and tvOS have recently been updated with some very interesting news. Among them, Instagram's IGTV app now allows users to record video in landscape mode; Google Assistant can place food delivery orders, and Google Duo has launched group calls, among others. Let's see what's new?


Instagram IGTV app icon

As we said, Facebook has added a much-liked feature by users (mostly content creators) to Instagram's IGTV app, dedicated to the dissemination of video productions: the option of recording them in landscape mode.

For those not so familiar with this social networking feature, videos posted on IGTV were obeyed only vertically, like most of the Instagram content. This meant that if a particular content were recorded in landscape mode, it would be displayed with two black stripes above and below the video, which was neither interesting nor productive.

Instagram posted the news on its official blog and said that the decision to release landscape mode video came after meeting content creators and viewers.

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Image: https://instagram-press/blog/2019/05/23/igtv-now-supports-landscape-videos/

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We know this is an evolution from where IGTV started – we believe the right change for viewers and creators. In many ways, opening IGTV to more than just vertical videos similar to when we opened Instagram to more than just square photos in 2015. This has allowed creativity to grow and engagement to increase, and we believe the same thing happens with IGTV. again.

In addition, the app has gained other features in recent months that have improved the quality of the platform, including viewing IGTV videos on feed from Instagram and the “Explore” tab of this app.

Google Maps

Google Maps app icon - Traffic & Food

Google app icon

Google today announced a new feature that expands the possibilities of Google Assistant: the ability to order food directly through Google apps and Google Maps (on iOS and Android). To this end, the company has announced new partnerships with food delivery companies such as DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery, Slice and ChowNow.

To order these apps, simply search for a restaurant or dish type in Google Search and the Google Maps app. When you find participating restaurants, you can place orders with just a few taps, view delivery or pick-up times, and purchase with Google Pay, Apple Pay is not supported at this time.

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To use Google Assistant on your phone to place an order, just say, “Hey Google, order the food at the (restaurant)”. Also, you can adjust an order by saying “Hey Google, redo the (restaurant) order. The Wizard removes your previous orders and in just a few seconds you can order the right dish.

Google Duo

Google Duo app icon

Google's video calling platform has also recently been updated with some news, and the main one may be group calling. As a result, it is now possible to add up to eight people to a video link on iOS and Android. Like all Google Duo calls, group calls are encrypted end-to-end.

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In addition, the service has gained a new data-saving mode that makes it possible to limit data usage on mobile networks and Wi-Fi (on Android) in markets such as Brazil, Indonesia and India. Google said the option would be launched in more countries and (hopefully) on iOS.

Finally, you can now also customize your video messages (small recordings, if any can not serve you at that time) on iOS and Android. Among the customization options, you can add text, emojis and even draw on a video.


Plex app icon: Movies, TV, Music + more

The popular service of streaming (and media manager) Plex has released an update for its app that implements a new audio player on tvOS and a custom volume control on iOS. In addition, the service has gained new playback modifiers in the video player; The discoverability of modifiers in the music player has also been improved.

On both systems, the last video in the play queue will now be displayed faster after reopening the app. In tvOS, other features have been fixed, including the option to display data from music artists on playlists It is a problem that affected music playback when switching users. In addition, a bug when purchasing the Plex Pass has also been fixed.


Blue app icon

The airline Blue app has gained a good makeover (finally adapted to the screens of modern iPhones) and now the booking tab has a new design that offers more highlights for your upcoming trips and allows you to manage booking details with more easily.

The screen of check in It has also been improved, as has the TudoAzul page, which now displays all your accumulated points and other benefits program information even more simply. Another novelty that will certainly cheer users up is the offline boarding pass, which can be accessed even without internet.

In addition, other flight selection and anticipation features have been enhanced to make it easier for users to access and adjust, as well as being faster.