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October 8 · Issue #161 · View online
A weekly digest of TestingCatalog about Android apps and beta testing. Explore unreleased apps, feature insights for popular apps, and beta testing tips 📲

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Greetings! What do you think “Telepath” is? Well, It is not related to Telegram but it is coming from the same area. Telepath is the name of a new social network that is aiming to fix Twitter social format. The app is not there yet but you can join a waitlist already over here 📲

What’s new in beta testing this week?
  • 💬 Telegram got native comments.
  • 📹 Only YouTube premium users will have access to its new beta features.
  • 🎉 Instagram celebrated Its 10th birthday with a bunch of new features.
  • 🦠 New beta apps and features.

Telegram got a new update to version 7.1 with a bunch of different features. The most major one was an addition of native comments feature that is available in every Telegram channel that have a discussion group connected to it. What’s next? We definitely need native reactions there 🤔

It seems like this change won’t affect regular UI A/B tests but when it comes to big features or experiments, you would need to have a premium subscription if you want to get early access to them. As an example, you can check this page where YouTube has listed some experiments that are Premium exclusive.
It is not different from what you can see in many other apps where only premium accounts have access to certain features but it is Google and now you will be paying for extra features that could be killed at any time 😁 
At the meantime - would you like to read about paid features for popular apps like YouTube, Feedly, Smart Launcher or others? Reply to let us know!

One noticeable feature that you can try yourself is a new stories archive where you can see your past stories on the calendar and on the map. In addition to that, you can also access a secret menu where you can select an app icon from the list of old fashioned ones. In order to get there, you need to enter your settings screen and pull it down until you will see some birthday animation. 

We’ve prepared a small collection of anti-covid apps in a separate post. And there are also two more apps that we just published to TestingCatalog.

Speaking of TestingCatalog app - I want to welcome all new subscribers and also offer exclusive access to a no-ads version of TestingCatalog Android app to all of you. You can get it from our App Center for free 😎
Thank you all for staying with us!
Check all other news below 📩

TestingCatalog News
COVID-19 layer on Google Maps and some new apps to prevent its spread COVID-19 layer on Google Maps and some new apps to prevent its spread
How to enable native comments in Telegram channel How to enable native comments in Telegram channel
Google Apps
Google Photos gets improved editor and suggestions feature on Android
Google Messages is working on a way to automatically delete one-time passwords after 24 hours
Live View in Google Maps now shows landmarks to help you navigate
Google Discover is adding a dedicated Web Stories carousel - 9to5Google
Facebook Apps
Messenger Adds New Features for Halloween, Including AR Masks and 360 Backgrounds | Social Media Today
WhatsApp beta for Android what's new? | WABetaInfo
Instagram DMs are now Facebook Messenger - 9to5Google
Other Apps
LinkedIn Adds New Warnings on Potentially Inappropriate Messages, Updates Guidelines on Behavior | Social Media Today
Xiaomi’s Mi Home app can show your smart home devices in Android 11’s power menu
TikTok Adds More Duet Formats to Facilitate New Collaboration Opportunities | Social Media Today
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