Social media platform Facebook recently added a Spotify mini-player within its app that will now let users stream content on it while browsing. According to Mashable, the feature is currently available for both iOS and Android users in 27 countries, and support for more markets will be added in the coming months. The feature, which is an extension of the social sharing option within the Spotify app, will ask users whether they want to share the content to "Stories" or "News Feed".
If the latter is chosen, users seeing the shared content will be able to stream content from within the app as they use it. Premium users will experience full playback directly, while free users can use shuffle mode accompanied by ads.
The process of launching the mini-player is fairly straightforward. The first time you try to use the mini-player, you'll need to connect your Facebook and Spotify accounts together. If you're not already logged into Spotify at that point, you'll have to do that first. The mini-player is persistent so that if you keep scrolling down, you'll still hear the music. The countries where the capability is presently available are Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, and the U.S.
Zoom's new feature 'Immersive View' makes meetings fun
Zoom has started rolling out a new feature called Immersive View that would make meetings a lot more engaging and collaborative. As per Mashable, the feature was announced by Zoom at Zoomtopia 2020 and has been rolled out for Windows and macOS desktop clients. The company shared that the Immersive View feature allows hosts to arrange video participants and webinar panelists into a single virtual background. It brings all the people in a meeting (up to 25 participants) together in a fun virtual meeting space. If there are more than 25 participants, the additional ones will be displayed in a thumbnail strip on the top of the scene. To make interactions more fun, the scenes for the meeting can be selected by the host. Zoom has already provided a few scenes to help you get started but one can also choose to upload their own scene. These scenes can be anything from a classroom, a boardroom to a conference auditorium, or even a cafe. Though any image could be used as an Immersive View background, the company has said that matching the file type, aspect ratio, and resolution recommendations it has for virtual backgrounds will deliver the best results. It is important to note that users must have an updated version of Zoom to be able to see the virtual background.