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Twitter Launches Its Own Take on Stories With 'Fleets' – Social Media Today



You knew it was coming, the signs have all pointed to it.

This week, Twitter has announced its own variation on Stories, which it’s calling ‘Fleets’.

Though Twitter is keen to point out that it’s not Stories:

It works like this:

Users with the Fleets available will see a new, rounded profile icon at the top of their Twitter feed, as you can see in the first image above. If your connections have posted Fleets, they’ll appear in their own round bubbles, which is obviously very similar to the common Stories format on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.

This is an important distinction – one of the key use cases for Fleets, according to Twitter, is to provide users with a way to share that isn’t overtly public.

As per Twitter’s Kayvon Beykpour:

Fleets work to address this by providing a space where the content disappears after 24 hours, while Fleets also can’t be retweeted, liked or even replied to in public – people can only react to your Fleets via DMs. That gives users more control over who can respond, based on their DM settings, while Fleets will also not appear in timelines, they’ll only be accessible on user profiles.

To create a Fleet, you tap on your bubble with the ‘+’ icon. When you do this, you’ll be taken to the second screen in the top image sequence, where you can add in text, photos, GIFs and videos, similar to your tweet content options.

Right now, Twitter is not offering more advanced features similar to those available on other Stories options, though with its recent acquisition of the Stories-focused team from Chroma Labs, you can expect that to be upgraded pretty quickly.

Once you’ve created your Fleet, you post it, and it will be available to view, and you can then add more Fleets to your Story. Or Fleet, I guess (?). As noted, Fleets will be available on your profile, so their accessibility will be based on your profile settings. 

So, really, it is Stories, it’s just a slight variation in line with Twitter’s use case. One other significant variation is how you view Fleets – as explained by TechCunch:

To view the multiple Fleets a user has posted, you swipe down instead of advancing through the Fleets horizontally with taps on the sides of the screen. Meanwhile, to move to the next person’s Fleet, you swipe to the left.”

So Twitter’s gone for an alternative navigation, which it will argue is more in line with how people use Twitter, in order to differentiate its offering. I’m tipping that they’ll change this to the more familiar ‘swipe’ progression pretty early on in testing.

At present, Fleets are only being made available in Brazil, where Twitter will conduct its initial testing. 

I mean, it makes sense, given the rising popularity of Stories. As Facebook has repeatedly noted, Stories are on track to overtake the News Feed as the primary social sharing surface, and with Stories and Stories-like options now available on Snapchat, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Pinterest, and coming on LinkedIn, they’re becoming an increasingly habitual process, which younger audiences, in particular, are aligned to.

Facebook Stories chart

With more people looking to Stories to connect, it makes sense for Twitter to also jump on board. And while this initial variation is fairly basic, you can expect Twitter to spice it up fast, and provide more engaging, interesting Fleet options to make it a more compelling tool.

And for brands, it will offer a heap of new opportunities. The interesting thing about Fleets for brands is that it will give businesses a new way to connect with their audiences on Twitter, where many have already build significant followings. While Instagram has proven a little harder for some companies to crack, those that already have a Twitter presence will have a ready-made audience, which could mean that providing a new option to connect will open up a heap of opportunities.

One key consideration will no doubt be video – right now, Fleets enable users to upload video content up to 2:20 in length (or 512MB), while selected publishers will be able to post longer videos, up to 10 minutes long. That will provide a new platform to showcase your latest video content. Individual best practices and processes will evolve over time, but the capacity to reach your Twitter audience, in a non-intrusive way, could quickly become an important consideration – and could make Twitter a more vital connection tool.

Basically, we all knew this was coming, and this seems like it could be a handy, complimentary process to expand tweet interactions. The next generation are becoming more familiar with Stories than feeds, so really, Twitter had to evolve in-step.

It’s worth considering how Fleets will fit into your Twitter approach.

Twitter says that Fleets will see a broader roll-out after initial testing, though there are no solid plans at this stage.  

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iPhone 14 production is "weeks" behind schedule thanks to the resumption of lockdowns in China –



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The Nothing Phone will have a transparent backplate and wireless charging – MobileSyrup



It looks like the Nothing Phone (1) will release on July 21st for roughly €500 (about $675 CAD) if recent leaks are accurate.

This lines up with Pei’s stated “summer release date.” The price isn’t confirmed yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pei attempt the same flagship killer strategy he pioneered at OnePlus and used for his company’s Nothing Ear (1)s.

In an interview with Wallpaper magazine, Pei and Nothing’s head of design mentioned that the phone will feature a clear back similar to the Nothing Ear (1) buds, and that the wireless charging circle inside the phone will be a major design focal point.

We also already know that the device will be made of recycled aluminum (likely the edges) and that it will run stock Android software called Nothing OS, which is available to demo now.

It’s exciting to see a new phone maker attempt to break into the space, but Nothing will need to reveal a really compelling phone if it aims to compete with Google, Apple and Samsung.

Image credit: Wallpaper

Sources: Wallpaper, 9to5Google

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Redmi Note 11 Pro, Pro Plus announced: A huge power boost – Android Authority



Xiaomi has a ton of new budget Redmi Note phones in its portfolio, ranging from the China-only Redmi Note 11 series to the global Note 11 family, and the Redmi Note 11T. Now, the company has launched even more devices, dubbed the Redmi Note 11T Pro and Pro Plus.

The two phones share a ton in common, starting with a high-powered Dimensity 8100 chipset. Mediatek previously said this SoC specifically takes aim at the Snapdragon 870 and 888 and should deliver performance that’s more in line with the latter. The processor offers a 5nm TSMC design, octa-core CPU (four Cortex-A78, four Cortex-A55), and Mali-G610 MC6 GPU.

Interestingly, the new phones pack a 6.6-inch 144Hz LCD panel (20.5:9, FHD+), making for a departure from high refresh rate OLED screens seen on the global Redmi Note 11 series.

Otherwise, the Note 11T Pro and Pro Plus only differ in terms of battery and charging capabilities. The Pro model offers a 5,080mAh battery with 67W wired charging while the Pro Plus has a smaller battery (4,400mAh), 120W wired charging, and the in-house Surge P1 charging chip.

The phones also share a similar primary camera, namely a 64MP GW1 shooter. Redmi didn’t dish out secondary camera details, but we’re guessing the phones also pack an 8MP ultrawide lens and 2MP macro camera.

Other notable specs include a 3.5mm port, Bluetooth 5.3, IP53 rating, MIUI 13, NFC, side fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, x-axis linear motor, and Wi-Fi 6.

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Redmi is also offering a special Astro Boy version of the Redmi Note 11T Pro Plus, offering a rather different design. In addition to the tweaked design, you’re also getting a special case and other goodies seen above.

Redmi Note 11T series pricing

The new Redmi phones are China-only releases for now, and there’s no immediate word on global availability. For what it’s worth, Xiaomi launched two separate Redmi Note 11 lines for global and Chinese markets, so it’s possible we won’t get these exact models.

Otherwise, you can expect to pay 1,799 yuan (~$270) for the 6GB/128GB Redmi Note 11T Pro, all the way up to 2,199 yuan (~$330) for the 8GB/256GB model. However, early bird prices mean you’ll be paying 1,699 yuan (~$255) and 2,099 yuan (~$315) respectively.

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The faster charging Redmi Note 11T Pro Plus starts at 1,999 yuan (~$300) for the base 8GB/128GB model, all the way to 2,499 yuan (~$375) for the 8GB/512GB model. Early bird prices of 2,099 yuan (~$315) and 2,499 yuan (~$375) respectively apply here too.

Like the idea of the Astro Boy edition? Then you’ll be spending 2,499 yuan (~$375) for the sole 8GB/256GB model.

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