Instagram adds ‘Request’ button so you can join a friend’s live video [APK Download]

Instagram has all but killed off Snapchat by this point, and it’s got a lot to do with the strength of its stories and live video features. With the latest update to version 24, a new ‘Request’ button has been added to the comments section of live videos so be added to the stream.

You can ask to join by tapping the icon with two smiley faces, at which point the presenter will get a notification allowing them to approve or deny your request.

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[Update: Going live “over the coming weeks”] Lens is now rolling out to Google Assistant

Lens was announced at Google I/O 2017, and began rolling out to Photos a few weeks ago. If you’re not aware, Lens is a machine-learning powered spiritual successor to Google Goggles, as it can identify objects and landmarks in photos.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 stars in live image leak

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was a bestseller during its multiple flash sales and even managed to smash some records. But this is a phone that first appeared in August 2016, so it’s time for the successor Redmi Note 5 to step in. And now the first live photo of the new phone leaked on Weibo, along with some specs. According to the image, the Redmi Note 5 will have Snapdragon 625 chipset. The screen has the trendy 18:9 ratio, a 5.99″ diagonal and Full HD+ resolution. The phone reports 54GB of storage available, meaning that it’s a 64GB unit. There is at least one camera with 12 MP sensor…

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Instagram adds a request button for friends to crash your live stream

Following a test this past summer and a wider rollout in late October that allowed Instagram friends to live stream together, the service today is adding the option for you to request to join a pal’s live stream, just in case you believe your presence is required.

Instagram’s live mode works a lot like Periscope, which allows people to watch a user’s live stream and send comments or hearts. Today’s update allows the live streamer to add a request button on their page so friends can request to jump in on their solo stream if they didn’t invite anyone to go live with them from the start. Once accepted, the stream divides in half (either horizontally or vertically, based on the orientation you’re watching the stream).

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[Update: Money transfers & Duo calling are live] Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators and RCS support for dual-SIM phones, drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown]

It’s time for a new version of Android Messages. The latest update takes a slightly larger than average jump from v2.5 to v2.7, but no obvious changes to the UI are really popping out. However, the apk did get much smaller with this release, and there are some things visible through the lens of a teardown.

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