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Koo App Crosses 50 Million Downloads

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Koo App, clocked 50 million downloads with a large increase in users, time spent, and engagement since January this year. With a high adoption rate in terms of installs and average time spent in the past couple of months, the platform continues to drive digital inclusion among the native language-speaking citizens of India.

Celebrating the milestone, Aprameya Radhakrishna, CEO & Co-founder, Koo App said, “We’re very excited to be crossing the 50 million download mark. This validates the demand for a multi-lingual social network built with an India-first product mindset of seamlessly including language-speaking Indians in daily thoughta sharing. Our rapid growth and adoption is a testimony to the fact that we are solving a problem faced by a billion Indians.”

Currently, Koo is available in 10 languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali and English. There are more than 7500 eminent voices, millions of students, teachers, entrepreneurs, poets, leaders, writers, artists, actors, etc. actively posting in their native language to celebrate festivals, culture, and rich heritage on Koo App.

Aprameya added, “There is huge potential for further growth. There are about 80 crore Internet users in the country, majority of whom wish to express themselves in their native language. Their sharing of thoughts is restricted to closed groups and known people and are unable to express freely in the open Internet and be discovered. We are proud of our mission of being inclusive and enabling freedom of expression for 90% of native language-speaking Indians. As we move ahead, we will continue to invest in our technology and continue to build the platform with a user-first mindset to further drive digital independence for native language-speaking users in India and across the world.”

Being an inclusive platform that is built around a language-first approach, Koo’s mission is to connect like-minded users in the language of their choice. Features like MLK (Multi-Language Kooing), language keyboard, topics in 10 languages, language translations, edit functionality, and free self-verification, makes the platform unique and provides its users the freedom to engage in meaningful conversations. In the near future, the platform aims to further announce product features as part of its continuous effort to enhance the user experience.

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Gizmore Introduces Unified App for Its Smartwatches and IoT Devices

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Gizmore announced the launch of a unified app for all its smartwatches and IoT products. For this app, the company has joined hands with Tres Care. Tres Care is an AI-Based Health Tracking Solution and is on a mission to provide real-time access to health monitoring. 

At the onset, Tres Connect app will be available with Gizmore’s bestselling smartwatches – GizFit Slate and GizFit Ultra and will be available for all Gizmore smartwatches in the next few months. The app is now already available on Apple and Android App Store.

The smartwatch segment in India has been growing at an exponential rate. Gizmore is leading the pack with its top-of-the-line smartwatches that are priced for the masses. With its association with Tres Care, Gizmore aims to elevate the smartwatch experience for users and offer even more comprehensive data relating to their health and fitness. 

Commenting on the partnership, Nishant Goel, Director – Marketing, Gizmore, said, It has now become imperative for consumers to track their health. The new-age apps enable them to get real-time updates and make more informed decisions regarding their fitness. Our strategic partnership with TRES care will help us expand even faster in this segment and provide our users with better insights. We will soon make this app available for all our smartwatches and IoT devices. Along with providing expansive data and proactive health alerts, we have also ensured that this data is completely secure and not shared with any third-party apps”.

Gaurav Chiripal, Founder and CEO of Tres Care, said, “We are happy to collaborate with Gizmore, one of the fastest-growing smartwatch brands in India. Through our proactive health alerts, users can unlock the full potential of their smartwatch and lead a fitter life. Our endeavour is to enrich the users’ lives and switch to a healthy lifestyle”. 

Gizmore smartwatch, through the Tres Connect app, will also integrate DigiLocker enabling users to store all their health records and vaccination certificates in one place. To motivate people to stay committed to their fitness goals, Tres Connect also allows smartwatch users to share their vital health data with their trusted group of friends, colleagues or family members. Sharing milestones, achievements, and other data on popular social platforms is also available. 

Tres Care app is purely Made In India and the biggest USP is that all the consumer data is stored in Indian boundaries. This data is encrypted and segregated while stored on separate servers. Users can even ask the records to be deleted which given them the privacy rights. Separate user groups can be created for example you can monitor the health of entire family with this application. This application has proactive health alerts and you can monitor the changing patterns along through vital activity graphs. Basic hygiene features of sleep monitoring, call alerts and notifications, menstrual cycle tracker and sedentary reminder are also there.

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Use This Top Safety Features to Make Your WhatsApp Experience Better

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WhatsApp groups are a blessing for all. From buzzing family groups to coordinating with colleagues or planning a birthday party for a friend, WhatsApp groups make everything seamless and secure. On certain days though, we may have to deal with instances like being added to groups that aren’t relevant to us or receiving unverified forwards. Challenging as might be, users can take control of their experience by using various safety features available on WhatsApp to ensure they remain protected while communicating with friends and family.

Here are the top safety features you should start using now:

1. Block and Report: Unlike traditional SMS, WhatsApp provides a simple way for users to block accounts and make reports to WhatsApp if they encounter problematic messages in individual or group chats. We encourage users to report problematic contacts to us. In addition, we now provide the option for people to keep reported messages on their phones if they want to share them with fact-checkers or law enforcement officials.

2. Forward Limits: In addition to limiting highly-forwarded messages to one chat at a time, which has resulted in a 70% reduction in this type of content across WhatsApp, we have also introduced new group forwarding limits where messages that have the “forwarded label” can only be forwarded to one group at a time, rather than five. If you are not sure of the source of a message, don’t forward it.

3. Group Privacy Settings: On Whatsapp, only people with your phone number can add you to a group. WhatsApp’s group privacy settings and group invite system allow users to decide who can add them to groups. Don’t let anyone add you to any group without your permission. The three options let you choose – everyone can add you to a group, your contacts, or those you choose from your contacts.

4. Leave Group SilentlyWhen you choose to exit a group silently, it will not notify everyone in the chat thread but only the group admins. This feature aims to help users feel more comfortable about leaving groups they no longer wish to be in.

5. Admin control: By default, any group participants can send messages and change the group information including, the group subject, icon, or description. However, WhatsApp settings enable administrators to decide who can send messages within groups.

6. Fact checking on WhatsApp: In India, there are 10 independent fact-checking organizations on WhatsApp that help users to identify, review, and verify the information and help prevent the spread of misinformation on its platform. Additionally, WhatsApp enables its users to verify the information by texting The Poynter Institute’s IFCN WhatsApp chatbot to validate a message or information. WhatsApp encourages users to verify news that sounds suspicious or fake.

WhatsApp is an industry leader among end-to-end encrypted messaging services in preventing abuse and promoting online security. Committed to keeping you and your private messages safe, WhatsApp believes in empowering users with tools, features, and resources that help them make informed decisions and keep your communication safe and secure.

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Koo App Rolls Out New Features, Know All Details Here

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Koo App announced the launch of four unique new features. It now enables users to upload up to 10 profile pictures, save a Koo, schedule Koos and save drafts. Koo recently clocked 50 million downloads making it the second largest micro-blog available to the world. Present in 10 languages, Koo is currently being used by users in 100+ countries while it looks to invite a larger global audience to its platform.

Being an inclusive platform that is built around a language-first approach, Koo’s mission is to connect like-minded users in the language of their choice. Koo has been the innovator of language-based micro-blogging, helping connect 80% of the world that speaks a native language. Features like Multi-Language Kooing (MLK), translation ability, a language-enabled keyboard, topics in 10 languages, language translations, edit functionality, multiple profile pictures, up to 10 image uploads, longer video uploads and voluntary self-verification, makes the platform unique and provides its users the freedom to engage in meaningful and healthy conversations. In the near future, the platform aims to further announce a slew of features as part of its continuous effort to enhance the user experience.

Mayank Bidawatka, Co-founder, Koo, said, “We are very happy to announce new features to millions of our users. Some of these are a first in the social space. We are the first ones to enable users to upload up to 10 profile pictures. We’ve made it extremely easy for power creators to now save a draft and schedule Koos for a future date and time. Saving a Koo functionality is not available in any other micro-blog. Users have taken really well to these features. We are happy to have crossed the 50 million user mark on the back of these enriching features. We have a very user-focused culture internally and with our ears close to the ground, we will keep building best-in-class features that users need to express themselves and connect with each other.”

Feature details

10 Profile Pictures:

Users can now upload up to 10 profile pictures. These pictures auto-play when someone visits the user’s profile. It’s easy to change the sequence of these pictures with a drag and drop functionality.

Schedule a Koo:

Power creators can now schedule a Koo to a future date and time. This makes it easy for creators who like to pen down multiple thoughts in one go but schedule it for different times to avoid crowding the feed of their followers. Users can also edit or re-schedule a scheduled Koo.

Save Drafts:

Creators that want to keep working on a draft before posting it can use the save drafts functionality. It gives them the freedom to keep making edits before posting.

Save a Koo:

Users can now save a Koo instead of the usual reactions such a Like, Comment, Re-Koo or Share. Saved Koos are visible to the user only and available in their profile page. This is useful for users who want to refer back to their favorite or important Koos without having to react to the Koo. This feature is unavailable on any other micro-blog.

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