Social media sites depend on their users just as much as their users have come to depend on them. To keep users happy and avoid becoming another MySpace, they must listen to their feedback and evolve based on their changing expectations. TikTok has been carefully listening to its audience and has recently announced a feature that’s been highly requested.
Originally, TikTok videos were up to 15 seconds long, but that turned out not to be nearly enough for users to express themselves, so the limit was increased to 60 seconds. Now, TikTok is bumping the video length limit one more time — this time to 3 minutes.
“With longer videos, creators will have the canvas to create new or expanded types of content on TikTok, with the flexibility of a bit more space,” said product manager Drew Kirchhoff. “Some of you might have come across a longer video on TikTok already — we’ve been letting creators around the world experiment with the expanded format.”
In just a few weeks, all TikTok users will be able to share with the rest of the world videos that are up to 3 minutes long, which is guaranteed to be a boon to all creators of educational, demonstrational, and explainer content, among others.
Creating a 3-minute video on TikTok is easy. When you access TikTok’s camera function, you can swipe directly above the record button to switch between 15 seconds, 60 seconds, or 3 minutes.
Given that TikTok has around 1 billion users worldwide, including approximately 100 million in the United States, it shouldn’t really surprise you that not all creators are happy with the expanded time limit. They fear that it could destroy what the platform has always been about: users sharing short, addicting video clips with lots of viral potential.
What’s certain is that TikTok can’t afford to lose its appeal with its main demographic (teenagers) because its main competitors, including Triller, Dubsmash, and Byte doing what they can to attract as many new users as possible.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event Will Take Place On August 11
In addition to 2 new foldable smartphones, you can also look forward to the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Buds 2.
After several leaks, Samsung has officially confirmed the date and time when its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event will take place: August 11, 2021 at 10 AM EST.
Besides the confirmation, Samsung has rewarded its fans for their patience by releasing an official trailer that hints at the products that will soon be revealed in their full glory.
“Change is the only constant in the world of innovation. By driving new ideas forward and transforming existing experiences, it redefines the boundaries of what’s possible,” the official press release says. “As the excitement for the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked on August 11 continues to build, Samsung Electronics has released a trailer teasing the surprises that lie in wait for Galaxy fans.”
The products teased by the trailer are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (check out the complete leaked Galaxy device lineup). Both are foldable smartphones, but each targets different customers.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 folds along the vertical axis, and it’s expected to boast a huge 7.7-inch interior display and a smaller exterior display, giving users plenty of screen real estate for basic apps and multimedia alike. It could be Samsung’s first smartphone with an under-display camera, and it will certainly be powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line processor.
As the name suggests, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 folds along the horizontal axis, allowing it to comfortably hide even inside the tiny pockets so many women’s pants come with. Just like its larger relative, it will come with flagship specifications, so playing the latest games or taking beautiful pictures at night shouldn’t be a problem.
In addition to the two foldable smartphones, you can also look forward to the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Buds 2.
How To Watch The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event
The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will be accessible only to online viewers, and you’ll be able to tune it either directly from Samsung.com or on YouTube.