Newsletter: Revival Of Snapchat’s Chronological Stories & Spotify Might Launch Its First Hardware Device

Newsletter: Revival Of Snapchat’s Chronological Stories & Spotify Might Launch Its First Hardware Device

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.” ~ John Glenn

NOW YOU CAN GET SNAPCHAT’S CHRONOLOGICAL STORIES BACK

THE STORY

Looks like Snapchat is back to its basics. The old reverse chronological order of the stories is coming back.

WHY BRINGING THE OLD FEATURE BACK?

Many loyal users weren’t happy with the redesign and grieved as they want the reverse chronological order. With the redesign, the user was able to view Stories in an algorithmically sorted feed. It seems like reverse chronological order in Snapchat Stories is back again, at least for some users.

When first the new look surfaced, the company’s CEO Evan Spiegel wrote, “We are separating the social from the media, and taking an important step forward towards strengthening our relationships with our friends and our relationships with the media.”

The purpose of Snapchat’s redesign was to make more personalized content available for its users. However, this change was not welcomed by many.

With today’s change, some of the users can now see reverse chronological ordering of Stories in separate Stories and Chat tabs and the design, where you can only see Stories and All tabs.

The reason behind this step can be predicted to an extent. After the redesign, Stories from celebs and brands were moved to the Discover section. So, you will see Stories of people you care in a chronological feed.

WHY CHANGED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Reverse Chronological Order issue is that it automatically gives benefit to the users who are regular Snapchat users. If we talk about algorithmic sorting, then the advantage is that it helped in Snapchat’s growth. The sorting is used by Twitter and Instagram. Reportedly Instagram has gained popularity over Snapchat due to this.

That’s why Snapchat changed it to algorithmic sorting, the growth in users has been noticed. The social media platforms are bound to try one way or another to engage more and more users. So, for now, check the stories in reverse chronological feed for now as you never know when it gets changed to another technique.


A SMART IN-CAR PLAYER BY SPOTIFY

THE STORY

Spotify might launch a hardware device, a music player for your car.

STREAMING SERVICE LAUNCHING A HARDWARE DEVICE?

Today, Spotify made an announcement that in an event held on 24th April, the streaming service will share a news. However, what news is going to get revealed, is still under covers. It is also not clear whether Spotify is working on launching a hardware device later this month in New York. But evidence suggests that Spotify is working on developing an in-car controller for the streaming service. This device would also enable drivers to control music playback with their voice.

It all started when Spotify customers were provided with an offer for a new device inside the app. This all would be a part of a $12.99-per-month subscription. This price would include Spotify’s music service and device as well. If a user is up for an annual subscription, then the sum will be $155.

HOW DOES THE DEVICE LOOKS LIKE?

The hardware device is circular and has physical buttons to control your tracks and shuffle. It also has a green colored LED on the circumference of the device.

One of the users stated that Spotify offered a different price $14.99 and also promoted support for Amazon’s Alexa assistant. Another user stated that  Spotify detailed built-in 4G mobile data which could help device function without the help of a smartphone. The offer only popped up once and it has not been since after February.

According to some users, the news seems to be legit but must have been released way before it was scheduled to come out. However, there is no confirmation whether the information about the device would be revealed in this month’s event or not.

IS IT JUST A RUMOR?

As the information is not clear and nothing could be said for sure, so the existence of the hardware device is somewhat vague.

However, with Spotify has job openings for hardware projects and with it testing voice commands on its smartphone app, it all seems to be real. It would be a wise step if Spotify is working on manufacturing its own speaker with Apple’s HomePod unsuccessful endeavor

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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