Tech Wrap: Google Play pauses free trials, Facebook to roll out vaccine finder tool

    In other tech news, nearly ten thousand apps have implemented Apple's new App Tracking Transparency prompts, while plans to roll out encrypted chats for Instagram and Facebook will only materialise next year. 
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 17:03 IST
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    As the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, social distancing and swift vaccination are the most promising solutions available today. Facebook has announced that it will roll out a new vaccine finder tool to its app to help Indians looking for a vaccine. However, the company's plans to roll out end to end encryption for Messenger and Instagram may not materialise until next year. 

    Meanwhile, Apple's new App Tracking Transparency prompts have been implemented by over 10,000 apps according to recent data. On the other hand, Google Play will pause free trials and new subscriptions in order to comply with local regulation. 


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    Google Play to pause auto-renewing subscriptions, free trials in India to comply with RBI regulations: Report

    While Google has allowed users in India to avail of trials for services via the Play Store, a new report suggests that the company will suspend those trials and any new recurring subscriptions to comply with directives from the Reserve Bank of India. To know what it means for users who have already subscribed to services as well as new users, check out the full story here.

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    First Published Date: 01 May, 23:55 IST
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