Micro-blogging giant Twitter is working to add a new feature to its platform that allows businesses to add a shopping section to the top of their profiles. According to The Verge, Twitter’s ‘Shop Module’ launched in the US on Wednesday and it offers a carousel of products for visitors to browse. Tapping a product will link to a listing with the option of making a purchase without ever leaving the micro-blogging platform. “The pilot is currently limited to iOS devices for people who use the service in English”, Twitter said. “People talk about products on Twitter every day, so we’re excited about how this early exploration of the Shop Module can build a bridge between people talking about and discovering products on Twitter to actually purchasing them,” Twitter added in a statement. The pilot is only available with a small number of brands for now, including GameStop, Arden Cove, and around ten others. The company did not reveal a timeline for when it might expand to more brands. On a related note, other social media platforms- Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Pinterest have also introduced new features to turn their services into shopping destinations, and even Twitter has a history of experimenting to add a ‘Buy’ button directly into tweets. However, it officially dropped the feature in 2017.
As per The Verge, Twitter’s ‘shop module’ pilot comes as the platform is exploring ways of making money beyond showing ads.
Realme may soon introduce wireless charging feature like iPhone 12
Realme, one of the fastest-growing smartphone brands, may soon become the first to bring the magnetic wireless charging feature to Android, a feature seen only on Apple’s iPhone 12 gadgets. As per Mashable India, Realme has begun work on a new smartphone dubbed the ‘Realme Flash’, with which it could introduce the magnetic wireless charging feature for the first time in an android gadget. A GSMArena blog claims that the Realme Flash could be the first Android smartphone in the world to come with support for magnetic charging as it will come with Realme MagDart- which is also expected to launch alongside the new device. According to Mashable India, this will be similar to Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging tech, as the “Realme MagDart will clip onto the back of the phone and charge the device.”
However, Realme’s MagDart puck may possibly be bigger in size than Apple’s MagSafe. It will apparently include a fan to keep the device’s temperature in check.
The report also added that the “charging speeds will be more than 15W and that Realme’s MagDart tech will be the fastest magnetic charger in the world once it launches. Apart from this, the charger will also feature a USB-C connector.”
Interestingly, the Realme Flash reportedly is set to feature a curved screen with a punch-hole cutout in the top-left corner of the display. This cutout will hold the front-facing camera of the phone. Under the hood, the phone will reportedly come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.