Tech wrap: Instagram Reels, Honor launches at IFA 2020, PUBG’s replacement FAU-G and more

We also witnessed PUBG Mobile getting banned and an Indian developer revealing its alternative too, Google revealing how Maps work, a new Apple iPhone 12 rumours and more. So, here’s our tech wrap of the day!

| Updated on: Sep 05 2020, 00:44 IST
Tech wrap
Tech wrap (Pixabay)
Tech wrap
Tech wrap (Pixabay)

Today we saw a bunch of launches, one of which was the entire catalogue from Honor at the ongoing iFA 2020 conference. We also witnessed PUBG Mobile getting banned and an Indian developer revealing its alternative too, Google revealing how Maps work, a new Apple iPhone 12 rumours and more. So, here's our tech wrap of the day!

Instagram rolls out a dedicated tab for Reels in India

Instagram started testing a dedicated Reels tab on its app in India last month. The new Instagram Reels tab has now been officially rolled out to users in India. This comes shortly after Instagram launched its TikTok-like feature Reels this July in India.

Honor launches new smartwatches, MagicBook laptop and more at IFA 2020

Honor has launched a bunch of products at the IFA 2020 conference today. The Huawei sub-brand has introduced Honor Watch GS Pro, Honor Watch ES and Honor MagicBook Pro. The company also announced processor upgrades for the existing MagicBook 14 and 15 and Honor Pad 6.

This is PUBG Mobile's Indian alternative FAU-G: Here's what we know so far

It looks like Indian companies are already at work in launching PUBG Mobile's alternative. And while many of them are out there already, the newest one to be announced it's FAU-G. Yes, spelled as (Faw-ji), the new title has just been announced on social media but few details are yet to be revealed.

Facebook makes image, video transfer easier with Dropbox and Koofr integration

Earlier this year Facebook made it easier to export all your images and videos you have ever uploaded on your account, to Google Photos within a few clocks. However, not everyone here uses Google Photos that often. So, the social media firm has now partnered with Dropbox and Koofr as well. Now, while exporting images from Facebook, you will also see the options of Dropbox and Koofr.

WhatsApp's latest beta update for iPhones reveals expiring messages, group call updates and more

WhatsApp has rolled out a new update for iPhone users on its iOS beta app. The new update brings some features that WhatsApp has been working on for some time. It also contains bug fixes and improvements that will soon be available to WhatsApp's public version for iPhone users.

Google reveals how it uses AI to predict traffic jams, suggest best routes on Maps

Google in a new blog post details how Maps uses AI to track and identify traffic jams, and suggests the best possible routes to users. Google Maps is available in over 220 countries and territories where more than 1 billion kilometres are driven using it on a daily basis.

Facebook Messenger now limits forwarding messages to only five people at once

Facebook has added a forwarding limit to its Messenger app. Facebook Messenger users can now forward a message to only five people or groups at a time. This is similar to WhatsApp introducing a forwarding limit in India back in 2018. Similarly, the new forwarding limit on Facebook Messenger is aimed to help stop the spread of misinformation on the platform.

PUBG Mobile removed from Google Play Store, Apple App Store in India

The Indian government banned an additional 118 China-linked apps in India. The list included PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular gaming apps in India. After almost two days since the ban, PUBG Mobile has now been removed from the Google Play Store and the App Store in India.

Only one model of Apple iPhone 12 series will support the fastest 5G

Apple is expected to introduce four new iPhones 12 models this year, but according to reports, only one of them is going to support the fastest 5G connection. Fast Company reports that only the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max model will be the only one supporting the faster millimeter-wave version of 5G. All the iPhone 12 models are expected to support sub-6GHz 5G connectivity.

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First Published Date: 05 Sep, 00:44 IST