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Report: Android Nougat has much higher network crash rate than iOS 10

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Here’s some news that’s sure to spark the Android versus iOS debate. According to research done by Apteligent, Android 7.0 Nougat is much more likely to experience network problems as compared to iOS 10. On top of that, Nougat is even more unstable than Android 6.0 Marshmallow and older versions.

The statistics are quite alarming, considering how the seventh version of the Android operating system is built on an already established backbone. It’s more surprising when you realize how low the adoption rate has been so far.

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As you can see, Nougat has a network crash rate of 20 percent, while Marshmallow has a rate of 11 percent, and 5.0 Lollipop is much lower at six percent. This is a far cry compared to iOS 10, which has a crash rate that’s consistent with previous iOS versions at only eight percent.

It’s obvious why this information isn’t too widespread: Google’s latest mobile OS has been installed by only 0.2 percent of all Android users. It’s been around longer than iOS 10, and yet, Apple’s OS is steadily climbing up the ranks with an 18 percent adoption rate. Blame slow software developers and negligent smartphone manufacturers for Android’s never-ending fragmentation.

This information translates to Nougat having network-related problems in one of every five crashes. The problem is expected to slow down once Nougat’s user base grows, but Apteligent notes that Marshmallow was the most stable Android OS when it was first released. Version 7.0 is experiencing the opposite.

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The good news is that since the data gathering began last month, Nougat has already shown signs of improvement in overall stability, but is still nowhere near the gains of iOS 10. Time will tell which one will be the stability king; for now, Apple has the more reliable OS.

Using the definition provided by Apteligent, a network crash is defined as a “crash in a mobile app caused by a network call” — pretty straightforward. A common instance is when a cloud service returns bad data to the communicating app, the app either receives an error, takes too long for the request to complete, or just fails in responding.

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Source: Apteligent via Forbes

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TikTok officially launches a dislike button

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Months ago, TikTok started experimenting with a dislike button for the platform’s comments. Much like other platforms, the company is creating a way to promote healthier discourse. However, the experiment never had a launch date all those months ago. Finally, after months in development, TikTok is finally ready to launch the dislike button.

Through the platform’s official Twitter account, TikTok is releasing the dislike button. This time, the platform has explained how the feature will work.

As detailed before, users will not see how many dislikes a comment has. Users will only have access to the button itself to dislike and retract dislikes. Only TikTok itself can see the number of dislikes. The platform will then use the information to filer through potential hate speech and harassment that they might have missed the first go-around.

By hiding the number of dislikes, TikTok hopes that users will not be tempted to abuse the dislike button to brigade against just simply unpopular opinions.

While moderation will help the platform with a persistent problem in social media, the company does have other issues. One current problem — that has plagued the platform for years now — is the issue of China’s potential access to data from users in other countries.

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Instagram can soon detect nude photos in your DMs

Currently testing

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One of the constant risks of online communication is the unexpected and unsolicited appearance of an unsightly growth emanating from a stranger’s pants. Unfortunately, not a lot of platforms offer anything preventative, outside of just blocking the offender. Testing a new tool, Instagram is finally implementing a way to automatically detect and block nudity from your DMs.

The upcoming feature was first spotted by app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi on Twitter. According to early screenshots, Instagram will hide any suspected nude photos behind a prompt. Users can then choose to access the photo despite the warning. Notably, users can turn this feature off entirely.

Shortly after the leak, Meta confirmed the feature’s development through a statement issued to The Verge. While the feature is still in development, Instagram is still working on ways to protect both the sender’s identity and the recipient’s privacy.

Though the screenshots look conclusive, the feature has yet to reveal how the app can detect genitalia. A portion of the warning says that “technology on your device” is responsible. If the feature is indeed using native technology, Instagram has some work to do to assure users that it can’t store or see anyone’s nude photos.

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Spotify adds over 300,000 audiobooks to library

Available for purchase and offline listening

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After a massive push into the world of podcasts, it’s only natural that Spotify would soon look at audiobooks with a hungry eye. In the United States, the streaming platform has added a huge helping of audiobooks available for purchase.

It’s been a long time coming, too. Last year, the platform added a variety of books from the public domain for free. Narrated by famous actors like Forest Whitaker and Hilary Swank, the content came to every user, free or paying.

Now, Spotify is adding over 300,000 titles to its library. Starting today, users in the United States will have access to a dedicated section for the format. Interested users will then be led to an external link where they can purchase the book for themselves.

For consumption, Spotify will enable users to save their audiobook for offline listening. It will also allow users to control the speed of the book’s playback.

Prior to the addition, Spotify already had a niche community for audiobook lovers. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find readings of popular titles outside of the platform’s public domain offerings. You might find them lurking as albums or as podcasts. Now, however, it’s official. If you want an actual audiobook to listen to, you can choose to skip over a subscription to other audiobook platforms like Audible.

Besides audiobooks, the platform has also expanded into other services related to audio entertainment. One recent example sees Spotify selling tickets to live events directly from the service.

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