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Facebook is building a gaming app to take over Twitch, YouTube.




Facebook is building a gaming App

There is no platform competing between Twitch and YouTube when it comes to online game community sites, but Facebook is building a gaming App to level the distance.

The gaming feature on Facebook will mainly curate and concentrate on gameplay, but will also showcase casual games that users might have already been enjoying online, like Words with Friends, according to The New York Times. The software, which will be released on April 20th, will also only first be available on Android devices. The Company expects to distribute the iOS update after it has been accepted by Apple. The Verge has contacted Facebook for more information.

With the continuing success of Facebook Gaming, and the recent rise in watching and downloading during the pandemic, the company feels like it’s the right time to develop this program. Initially in June, according to the Times, it was expected to be published, but Facebook pushed it to satisfy the new demands.

Head of the Facebook app, Fidji Simo said to the New York Times.

Investing in gaming in general has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people.

It’s entertainment that’s not just a form of passive consumption but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together.

For years Facebook has invested in gaming and has sought to develop its online network by collaborations with various developers and organizing tournaments for sports. Despite the massive user base of Facebook and over 2.5 billion users are using Facebook per month, there is still a gap in terms of hours of games viewed between Twitch and YouTube, respectively owned by Amazon and Google.

As Facebook is building a gaming App which is rising. According to the study of streaming software company StreamElements which reports frequently to about the streaming industry, Facebook Gaming reported a 210 percent rise in the hour of viewing between December 2018 and December 2019. Facebook streaming contents saw a 6 percent increase in streamers, while the total number of viewers per hour watched in the same time frame increased 78 percent. Facebook has also been pursuing the approach of Twitch and YouTube through collaborations with the most talents, including Gonzalo’s old twitch streamer “ZeRo” Barrios, Corinna Kopf of Youtube, and Ronda Rousey, the former UFC champion.

In February, when Rousey’s partnership was pronounced, the CEO of StreamElements, Doron Nir in report with The Verge Said

Facebook Gaming has been making incredible strides as they’ve leveraged their global presence and strategic talent acquisitions to bolster their market share in the livestreaming space.

By adding Ronda Rousey, a very mainstream celebrity whose into gaming, to their roster, it’s another great move since content is king, but you need a kingdom to make it matter.

Moreover, Twitch and YouTube are still in control of the market. But, In December 2019 Twitch had 61% of the hours observed and YouTube held another 28% of the market. Fourth is the Microsoft Mixer which has seen live streams less than three percent per hour.

New tools could aid Twitch and YouTube supremacy away from Facebook. Facebook aims to make streaming easy for its customers by adding “Go Live” icon. According to The Times the feature allows users to import streams of other video games to the same device with just a few clicks.

When users go live, streams are shown on their facebook pages, and friends and followers can see them more easily. Facebook provides some streamers monetization, as YouTube and Twitch does. Compared to Twitch subscription status and a YouTube affiliate network, “Level Up” on Facebook is designed to monetize content creators.

Facebook’s vice president for gaming, in a statement with The Times said;

People are watching streams and they ‘re like, ‘ I want to be a streamer,’ and with Go Live it’s literally just a few clicks and then live, you ‘re a streamer.

This can be seen by the latest numbers that come in every day is that live streaming is booming; Twitch analyst Bijan Stephen from The Verge, a few weeks back, considered it to be the “live-streaming time.” Facebook obviously believes that with a brand new idea, it will satisfy users rising demands.

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Apple Music is now free for 6 months; get it right now.





Apple Music is now free for 6 months

It’s just the right time to join it if you haven’t been on the Apple Music train. The free trial period for Apple Music’s Paid subscription has been extended from three months to six months. The advantage is that Apple Music is available on Android as well as on iOS devices. And also on computers (Windows or Linux).

For individual, family, and students who have not tried premium yet, the six-month free test offer for Apple Music is available in select several countries. Following the end of the trial period, Apple initiates a payment package that can be charged through your VISA, Master card or Debit card.

How to get the Free Trial for six months on Apple Music!

  1. Get the Apple Music App properly installed in your device by downloading it from Google play store for Android users and Apple store for iPhone users.
  2. Launch the app after installation, then open it and pick Try for Free.
  3. It will lead you to a page that will preview the number of months you have for free. If it indicates 3 months, your position is obviously not covered by this bid. In case your device has VPN and it’s in use, disable it, refresh your device and restart the process.
  4. When this is completed, click Try It Free. You will then be requested to pick a plan that you like. These plans also have rates which depend on your location.
  5. After the plan has been chosen, you are allowed to sign in either by means of the Apple ID you have already developed or by means of a new Apple ID. The free 6-month trial takes place after the plan and Apple ID have been chosen. Note, the trial or program may be cancelled at any time.

This is not known why Apple Music wanted to deliver a lucrative six months’ free trial, although it is extremely likely that this decision was made to persuade customers to sign in ahead of COVID 19. If you realize after six months that you don’t like Apple Music, simply cancel it.

In the comments section below, tell us your best Music Streaming App with some reasons why you like it.

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Shipments of Smartphones in China falls to 18%





Shipments of Smartphones in China falls to 18%, Because of COVID-19.

More approximate estimates from Canalys. Following a 13% decline in global mobile shipments over a year, China’s stats are much worse. Shipments in Q1 on the world’s largest mobile market dropped 18 percent year-over-year. Perhaps, it was to blame for the COVID-19 pandemic.

It indicates that China was hit hard for the first time in Q1 because it suffered the new coronavirus outbreak. The first known case dates to the middle of November and ultimately has a major impact both on local retail patterns and on the global supply chain, which is primarily headquartered in China. The lowest figure since 2013 has been 72.6 million shipments.

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Naturally, the numbers could have been higher. Although 18% is very high for an industry that had been declining long before the virus appeared, Canalys says those statistics have been rescueled by the new status of the smartphone as a ‘key commodity.’

The smartphone’s status as an ‘ essential’ personal item has stopped the market falling further during the pandemic.

The Q1 performance was also buoyed by China’s well-established ecommerce channel for smartphone distribution, and the fact that most Chinese businesses were able to resume work rapidly after two weeks of nationwide travel restrictions.

Unfortunately, the same conditions do not apply in any other major markets in the world.

In a quote, Canalys VP Nicole says.
Smartphone market in China

However, economists remain “cautious” about the potential of the economy to rebound back in China, let alone the rest of the world, with certain countries already being impacted by the pandemic.

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Microsoft to preview Xbox Series X games on 7th May.





Xbox Series X games demo

Next month Microsoft will display some Xbox Series X games. The software maker will host a special Internal Xbox stream on 7 May with a emphasis on Xbox Series X titles.

The event in the organization will feature next-generation gaming from Microsoft’s “global developer partners.” though the tirltle for Xbox Game Studio games will be made known later.

So pumped to see our partners showing us a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay next week. According to Aaron Greenberg, Xbox Marketing General Manager. Also aware of some large summer plans being worked hard by Xbox Game Developers staff. More details in the near future. We are likely to see further Xbox Series X plans from Microsoft in June as E3 was supposed to take place.

The Microsoft case is confirmed shortly after Ubisoft has released the first Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer. This holiday will be the latest game in the series of Vikings, which can be played on Xbox X and PS5 Games.

Ubisoft has announced that during the Microsoft gathering, it would showcase gameplay in Valhalla. The time for the event of Microsoft’s inside event will be by 7th May at 8AM PT / 11AM ET.

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