1. iPhone 14 will be introduced on September 7, 2022
As the rumors spread the date of the next Apple keynotethe company finally confirmed that it will take place on September 7, 2022. During this keynote, Apple should especially introduce the iPhone 14but also reveal the deployment of iOS 16. This event could also be an opportunity for the company to introduce the Apple Watch Series 8 and AirPods Pro 2. Stay tuned!
2. Facebook launches new News Feed for friends only
It was announced by Mark Zuckerberg launching a new tab called Threads (or channels in English), which allows access to the latest publications of his friends, groups and pages separately by tabs and in chronological order. However, the CEO of Meta Group clarified that this new news channel will not be used by default. The app will always open to an algorithm-driven news feed, users will need to click on the Feeds tab to access it. On August 24th, this new update generated a large news channel error for several hours.
3. Google announces the deployment of its algorithm for updating useful content
Google has announced a major update featuring its useful content update algorithm. The goal is to prioritize original, informative and useful content written by people for people. This update could have a significant impact on search rankings. Google should penalize websites whose content looks like it was created to rank well in the SERPs. The update is initially being deployed in English-speaking countries, but Google has already announced plans to expand it to other languages.
4. Instagram is controversial with its TikTok-style news feed
Instagram’s new news feed, heavily inspired by TikTok, is the talk of the summer. The social network thus faced many user reviewsbefore retreat make changes to what’s new in the news feed. The reason is mainly: too much reel designs which contaminate user feeds. While Facebook showed a decrease in turnover for 1time time in its history, the Meta group unveiled a bet on video, and in particular reels, its short video format aimed at competing with TikTok. Case to follow.
5. Elon Musk Backs Out of Twitter Takeover
In April 2022, Twitter publicly announced that it had accepted Elon Musk’s buyout offer. However, matters quickly turned around. Disagreements between the Tesla boss and SpaceX and Twitter have indeed begun to emerge, so the future of the takeover remains up in the air. At the beginning of July, Elon Musk finally closed this saga by finally giving up on buying Twitter. At issue: the lack of information about fake accounts and other spam on the platform, which Tesla’s boss has requested several times without success.
6. Google pushes the end of third-party cookies to 2024
New opt-out of third-party cookies. Originally planned for 2022 postponed to 2023Google is now planning deletion of third-party cookies for 2024. The company is really looking to move forward with its Privacy Sandbox project and has announced that it will extend the testing phase of the Privacy Sandbox API. The new schedule set by Mountain View sees the deployment and availability of the Google Chrome API in Q3 2023 and the final deletion of third-party cookies by mid-2024.
7. TikTok is experimenting with a new feed nearby
TikTok is currently working on a new channel for its app. This source “Nearby” (or “Nearby” in French) will allow users to access content that has been published near their location. An opportunity for them to discover favorite places near their homes: restaurants, places to visit, etc. Goal: ultra-personalized content that could present new opportunities for advertisers.
8. Meta launches Horizon Worlds in France
The Meta group, which has been running in the metaverse race for many months, has announced Horizon Worlds deployment, its virtual reality platform, for French users over 18. Internet users can thus begin to explore, play and create together in this virtual world. They will need to have the Oculus Quest 2, a virtual reality headset developed by the company.
9. Emojipedia reveals preview of new emojis
In celebration of World Emoji Day on July 17, Emojipedia presented an overview emoticons that could be available between 2022 and 2023. The Emoji 15.0 update could thus include a shaking face emoji, a “hand” emoji that could create a high-five emoji, or even a full pink heart that users are highly anticipating. The various emoticons presented will need to be approved by the Unicode Consortium before they are official.
10. Amazon is raising Prime prices in September 2022
Amazon notified these French subscribers via email and increasing the prices of your Prime subscription, effective September 5, 2022. The price list shows that prices go from €5.99 to €6.99 for a monthly subscription and from €49.90 to €69.90 for an annual subscription. In addition to France, these countries are: Germany, England, Spain and Italy.
11. Snapchat launches paid version
Snapchat launched its paid version: Snapchat+. Users can thus take out a monthly subscription and gain access to exclusive features. These functions include in particular the web version of Snapchat which should be rolled out to paying subscribers first before being made available to all users.
12. WhatsApp is full of new features
This summer, WhatsApp has launched several major features that users have even been waiting for. Specifically, the Meta group messaging app has been added privacy-related featuressuch as being able to leave a group conversation without notifying members, controlling who can see profile information, but also banning screenshots for visuals sent with the mode View one. Another notable innovation: the option respond to a message with any emoji.
13. Mobile accounts for 60% of web traffic
Like every semester, Hootsuite and We Are Social revealed theirs Digital message reporting on internet, social media and mobile usage. Among the report’s key takeaways: significant growth in mobile devices, a medium that accounts for nearly 60% of web traffic in July 2022, compared to 38% for desktops and laptops. On the social media side, TikTok continues its rise, surpassing one billion users, while Reels’ performance is picking up on Instagram.