iOS 11 Public Beta Now Available, Here’s How to Install

iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra were both unveiled at WWDC 2017 this year, and their developer previews were made available right after. Now, the public betas for both the new software versions have gone live, (iOS 11 public beta is live, macOS High Sierra is coming soon). Both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra bring a lot of new features. iOS 11 gets an improved Siri, redesigned Control Centre, and iMessage integration to Apple Pay, while macOS High Sierra gets the new APFS system, Safari improvements, and much more.

So, how do you get access to the iOS 11 public beta? Sign in to the Apple Beta Software Program with your Apple ID, and follow the instructions to enrol your device. Answers to most questions regarding the Apple Beta Software Program can be found on the FAQ page. Most important advice is that you should not install beta software on your primary/ only iOS device, and be sure to backup your iPhone or iPad by following the first part of instructions here before you do.

Despite being public betas, these early versions are quite buggy and could hinder your overall smartphone experience, and you can un-enrol from the iOS and macOS public beta program whenever you want by seeing the steps here.

iOS 11 Public Beta Now Available, Here's How to Install
As we mentioned, with iOS 11, Apple introduced improvements to Siri, a redesigned Control Centre, and several other features. Siri gets the ability to translate speech, its voice is more neutral for both genders, its interface becomes more visual, and a whole lot more. Additionally, iOS 11 also brings a ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature, and also introduces indoor mapping and other improvements to Apple Maps as well. Apple Pay also gets person to person payment and integration into iMessage. There is also a new Apple Pay Cash account, which is where users will receive money from other users. Apple Photos also gets some new tweaks, especially to Live Photos which gets a bunch of new looping modes. Lastly, the App Store also gets a major redesign, which actually looks a lot like Apple Music.

The macOS High Sierra software update brings a host of new tweaks and upgrades including an improved Safari, machine learning, and Apple’s new file system, to name a few. macOS High Sierra’s Safari also brings automatic Autoplay blocking, which will detect when videos are trying to autoplay and auto silence them. Apple is also bringing a much-needed ad tracking blocker through the use of machine learning. Mail will get a full-screen split-view so that your inbox can be seen on one side, and the message you’re composing on the other. Photos is also getting an overhaul as well with features like better facial recognition and improved sorting. The Photo Book printing service built into Photos is being opened up to third parties. Lastly, APFS – the file storage system that is used on most of Apple’s other products is now going to be the default on macOS with High Sierra.

How to download iOS 11: Apple releases the first public beta of its new software

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 11 less than a month since the grand unveiling at this year’s WWDC 2017.

Highlights include person-to-person payments using Apple Pay, a new design for the Control Center and a completely overhauled App Store. But it was iOS 11 on iPad that received the most significant updates, showing once again Apple is keen to turn the iPad into a genuine alternative to a laptop.

As with all iOS releases, registered developers have been trialling the software since WWDC to iron out any initial bugs before each iteration is sent for testing by consumers. Apple is keen to stress that the software is not the final version and improvements will be made before the full release roll-out. As a result, Apple will not be held responsible if downloading the beta interferes with your handset (although all steps are taken to avoid this) and you donwload the software at your own risk.

How to get the iOS 11 public beta

To download the iOS 11 public beta, you need to be part of the Apple beta program.

The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with an Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process. If you’ve ever downloaded an app or music track, you’ll have an Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one via the App Store. The program is free to join.

Once you have signed up, click here to access the iOS 11 public betadownload files. Make sure you have backed up your files before continuining with the download. A list of supported devices is in the infobox below.

iOS 11 release dates
Developers can download the iOS 11 beta now. The public beta will open at the end of June and the final release will come in September
iOS 11 supported devices
iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus; iPad Air and Air 2; the iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4; 5th-gen iPad, all iPad Pros; 6th-gen iPod Touch
Devices not supported
iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and 4th-gen iPad (or earlier) not compatible due to lack of 64-bit support

Here are bests bits from the iOS 11 beta so far:

1. The iPad is becoming even more like a Mac

Alongside the new 10.5-inch and 12.5-inch iPad Pros, Apple demonstrated several new enhancements to iOS 11 on iPad. The most significant of these is the new dock, which is similar in appearance to the dock on macOS High Sierra.

You can dock more apps now and it serves as an advanced app switcher, as well. For example, if you drag an icon from the dock onto the screen, you can place it side-by-side with the app that’s already on-screen. Where previously the dock was only accessible from the home screen, now you can bring it up wherever you are just by dragging your finger up from the bottom edge of the screen.

There’s also a new app switching view, pictured above. It integrates the Control Center and presents recent applications in a grid with the dock at the bottom.

Key to these changes is the introduction of drag-and-drop support. This allows users to drag and drop elements from one app to another. For example, if you have the Notes app and Safari open at the same time, you could select text and images from a web page and then drag it across into a note.

The drag-and-drop facility is important to another new iOS 11 feature: the Files app.

Up to now, iOS never had a file manager in the traditional sense. Files belonged to specific applications, so you had to choose to open them in another app to move them around. The iCloud Drive app was an attempt to correct this, but the Files app is more powerful.

It combines all the files storage locally on your iPad with the files stored in the cloud. And it doesn’t just support iCloud, it integrates with popular cloud storage providers like Dropbox and Box as well.

2. Siri is everywhere

Keen to show Apple can do AI as well as Google (we remain unconvinced), iOS 11 showcases several improvements to Apple’s digital assistant.

Apple has improved the voice of Siri, making it more natural. It can now say words in different ways. Apple used the example of three versions of the word “sunny”. This should, in theory, allow Siri to use the right intonation based on the context of what it is saying. That’s the theory, anyway.

Everything you do with Siri is now synced across all devices, all with end-to-end encryption. This means if you ask a question on your phone, Siri’s answer will be available on your Mac or iPad at the same time. Siri’s also learned a new trick: translation. It can translate common languages into English, and vice versa, and even supports Chinese translation.

Finally, it’s learning more about what you do. For example, if you’re viewing web pages about Iceland, Apple News might start showing articles about Iceland. If that sounds like the kind of tracking Apple’s keen to avoid, you’d be right, but Apple says everything is encrypted and it’s not tracking you to try to sell you stuff.

3. Apple Pay is about to get even more useful

Apple Pay has quickly become one of the best features of iOS and it’s getting better in iOS 11 because Apple’s added the ability to send money to individuals.

Built into the Messages app, payments are authenticated using Touch ID and can then be transferred to your bank account. It’s a small but significant addition which could prove very popular.

4. Lots of apps and features have been redesigned

Apple has tweaked the look and feel of iOS 11 in numerous ways.

The Control Center is now on just one screen and allows you to use 3D Touch on specific elements, such as the music controls, to reveal more detailed controls. It’s not clear how this would work on devices that don’t support 3D Touch, though.

The App Store redesign takes cues from the the Music and News apps. It’s now split into a few key tabs: Today, Games, Apps and Updates.

The Today tab will be updated daily with different content, such as an App of the Day, tips on how to get the most out of popular apps and other app news. You can keep scrolling down to see the featured apps from previous days.

5. Your phone won’t bug you when you’re driving

Apple’s added a ‘Do Not Disturb while Driving’ mode to iOS 11. It stops notifications and if someone sends you a message while driving, iOS 11 will automatically send a message back saying you can’t respond. The mode will activate automatically based on your movement and whether you’re connected to a car stereo.

Maps now includes indoor maps for a large number of international airports, as well as maps for popular malls in the US.

6. Music gets big upgrades

Not satisfied with the launch of HomePod, the Siri-enabled wireless speaker, Apple introduced several upgrades to its music ecosystem in iOS 11.

Speakers have been added to HomeKit, allowing people to control compatible wireless speakers from the Home app. Bear in mind, however, HomeKit requires extra hardware to work, so don’t expect your existing speakers to work with the Home app. Apple’s also launched the new AirPlay 2 protocol, which adds support for collaborative party playlists.

The Music app now shows music your friends are listening to and developers have greater access to Apple Music through a new MusicKit API. Shazam, for example, is using the API to add music it identifies to your library, while fitness apps can use the API to control your music from within their apps.

7. Augmented reality is Apple’s next big thing

Arguably the biggest addition is the new ARKit API, which allows developers to add augmented reality features to their apps.

Apple demonstrated adding virtual objects to a desk on stage, showing how its system could identify surfaces and place objects with the correct scale. For example, a coffee cup on a desk would be the correct size for the desk.

Apple is working with partners already and hinted that IKEA is already working on how it could use these AR features.

 

Sega Forever on Android and iOS Isn’t the Netflix of Retro Gaming

Sega Forever is the company’s attempt at bringing back its older games to modern devices, games that are synonymous with consoles such as the Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis as it was known in the US), Sega Master System, and of course, the Sega Dreamcast to name a few.

To kick this off, Sega has made classics like Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II, and Sonic the Hedgehog available on the App Store and Google Play. You can play them for free with ads and cloud saves, or simply pay a nominal fee of Rs. 160 ($1.99 in the US) to play them ad-free with support for local saves. Unfortunately, the free versions doesn’t support offline play.

While this initiative is called Sega Forever, typing that into the App Store or Google Play doesn’t take you to any app named ‘Sega Forever’. Instead you’ll see some of the aforementioned titles available for download as separate apps.

It’s here that the very idea of Sega Forever falls flat. You see, Sega is positioning this as the Netflix of retro gaming. On paper, this sounds cool. Unfortunately, the practicalities of this have yet to be ironed out. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video let you download or stream a host of content from those apps, but this is not the case with Sega Forever.

Sega Forever doesn’t have a subscription for classic games either either. Well, not for now at least, with Sega stating that it wants to use the smartphone as a gateway with ads to allow for some form of monetisation. It’s also eyeing the PC games space too and it might have a different revenue model.

Sega Forever on Android and iOS Isn’t the Netflix of Retro Gaming

This lack of consistency – intentional or otherwise – continues in the titles on offer. Firing up Sonic the Hedgehog, you’re smacked silly with nostalgia. From opening menus that have the game’s box art and cartridge, invoking a sense of simpler times, to the classic ‘Sega’ refrain when the logo pops up on screen, the company hasn’t shied away from its heritage or its fans.

But this isn’t the same across games. Comix Zone for example, doesn’t have the same attention to detail that Sonic the Hedgehog gets in terms of menus, though much like Phantasy Star II and other titles at launch, it does have visual references to the console they were all for – in this case the Sega Mega Drive – front and centre.

At the same time, these games have a mention of Sega Forever and other titles under the label in the first screen of the game itself – something that Sonic doesn’t have. The blue hedgehog might be Sega’s mascot, but you’d think that Sega would use his popularity to highlight the other games in the Sega Forever initiative too.

Every bit of what constitutes to Sega Forever is disorganised and scattered. Granted, Sega is doing what it can under the framework of current guidelines from the likes of Apple, but it makes us wonder if this is an earnest attempt to make and preserve classic titles available to a larger audience, or simply a quick money grab.

By launching on mobile the company gets access to more users, but not necessarily those with the capacity or inclination to pay. Rather, Sega Forever on iOS and Android has more potential to serve as an ad platform thanks to the sheer number of titles that can be offered from the Mega Drive and Master System libraries alone.

The real test of realising the idea that is the ‘Netflix of retro gaming’ will depend on Sega Forever’s execution on consoles and PC. With the potential for better aggregation and bundling, a unified achievement system, perhaps a trading card meta-game layer (on Steam), and pixel perfect reproduction minus ads, it could just be what the Sega faithful and newcomers need. Till then, you’re better off getting your retro fix elsewhere.

 

Apple iOS 11 public beta update released: How to download and install the update

It was at WWDC 2017 conference that Apple announced its new iOS software version iOS 11 and boy it was something exciting as it brought several new features and functionalities with it.
Well, if you have been waiting eagerly to try out the new software version and its features then there is some good news for you. The Cupertino-based tech giant is now releasing the first public beta version of iOS 11 for everyone. Also, it means that you can now download the update and experience the features hands-on. The download is free. Basically, the upgrade will take the software version to iOS 11 from your existing iOS 10.3.2 installation. The good thing here is that Apple has made it simple for you to downgrade back to the more stable iOS if you face any problems with iOS 11 or encounter a lot of bugs. But that is is the point of the beta versions. It’s usually to find the bugs as well as test new features on a large group of users. And while the company has released this version, we will be seeing a few more beta updates in the coming days.

Apple iOS 11 public beta update released: How to install the update

On the other hand, if you are planning to install this iOS beta update then make sure to back up all the data if you are using your primary smartphone. However, it is best advised that you should install the iOS beta on any other testing iPhone or iPad. This way, even if the smartphone crashes your data will be safe. How to get the new update? In any case, if you want to try out the new iOS 11 features then you can visit this website and register your compatible iOS device for the Beta program. So once you are done with all the formalities, you can update iOS like a normal software update. Well, you will have to install a configuration or public beta profile on your device. The instructions are provided by Apple. Then, you’ll have to go to the Settings app and update to iOS 11 Public Beta 1. It is mostly the same iOS 11 Beta 2 that developers got last week.

Finally, you will need to reboot your device and that’s it. You are ready to use the new iOS 11. So if you have downloaded the new beta update do let us know about the new features and what are the changes that you see.

Sega Forever Brings Retro Games to Android and iOS

Sega is re-releasing some of its most popular retro titles on Android and iOS, under a new service banner called Sega Forever. Five Sega Genesis games are available at launch: Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Each title is free of cost, though players can pay Rs. 160 ($1.99 in the US) to get rid of ads.

Sonic has been available on the App Store for years, but it’s now part of Sega Forever. Every game will be available as a standalone app on its own; Sega Forever is just the name of the service, it’s not an app on its own.

While the games are being run with the help of emulation, they’ll also offer modern amenities such as cloud saves, global leaderboard, Bluetooth controller support, and offline play. In addition to the five aforementioned games, Sega will release new titles every two weeks going forward. This will include games from every Sega era, from the Master System to the Dreamcast.

Sega Forever Brings Retro Games to Android and iOS

In an interview with The Verge, Mike Evans, Sega’s chief marketing officer and development lead on Sega Forever, said that Dreamcast titles are slightly more complicated. “It’s more expensive to build the ports versus the emulations,” he said. “It’s more time-consuming.”

Sega will look to the community for future game requests, while others will be tied to “historical events”, such as the anniversary of a retro game. The bigger aim with Sega Forever, Evans noted, is to create a “Netfix of retro gaming”, which could grow out of mobile to get on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

On iOS 10, players will also get accompanying iMessage sticker packs, featuring characters, objects and game logo, all rendered in the 16-bit style of old. You can still play the Sega Forever games if you’re on an older version of iOS, with the games supporting every update north of iOS 8. As for Android, you’ll need Android 4.4 or newer versions.

Sega Forever Brings Retro Games to Android and iOS

Sega is re-releasing some of its most popular retro titles on Android and iOS, under a new service banner called Sega Forever. Five Sega Genesis games are available at launch: Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Each title is free of cost, though players can pay Rs. 160 ($1.99 in the US) to get rid of ads.

Sonic has been available on the App Store for years, but it’s now part of Sega Forever. Every game will be available as a standalone app on its own; Sega Forever is just the name of the service, it’s not an app on its own.

While the games are being run with the help of emulation, they’ll also offer modern amenities such as cloud saves, global leaderboard, Bluetooth controller support, and offline play. In addition to the five aforementioned games, Sega will release new titles every two weeks going forward. This will include games from every Sega era, from the Master System to the Dreamcast.

Sega Forever Brings Retro Games to Android and iOS

In an interview with The Verge, Mike Evans, Sega’s chief marketing officer and development lead on Sega Forever, said that Dreamcast titles are slightly more complicated. “It’s more expensive to build the ports versus the emulations,” he said. “It’s more time-consuming.”

Sega will look to the community for future game requests, while others will be tied to “historical events”, such as the anniversary of a retro game. The bigger aim with Sega Forever, Evans noted, is to create a “Netfix of retro gaming”, which could grow out of mobile to get on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

On iOS 10, players will also get accompanying iMessage sticker packs, featuring characters, objects and game logo, all rendered in the 16-bit style of old. You can still play the Sega Forever games if you’re on an older version of iOS, with the games supporting every update north of iOS 8. As for Android, you’ll need Android 4.4 or newer versions.

Microsoft to Bring Windows Phone’s Word Flow Keyboard to iOS

Microsoft to Bring Windows Phone's Word Flow Keyboard to iOS

Microsoft until now restricted its Word Flow Keyboard app to its own Windows Phone platform. The Redmond-based tech giant is now planning to bring it to Android and iOS as well.

In an email sent to some Windows Insider testers, shared by The Verge, Microsoft said it is hunting foriPhone 5s (or later) users to test the Word Flow keyboard app on iOS. The company however, did not mention as to when it will bring the final version of the app outside its ecosystem, or when work would begin on the Android version.

“Word Flow keyboard has long been one of the highly praised features on Windows Phone and was used to break the Guinness World Record for fastest texting. We are now working on extending this keyboard to other platforms, starting with iOS,” said the company in the email. “Before publicly releasing this keyboard to the App Store, we’d love to give Insiders like you a preview. With your feedback, we’ll build a roadmap of improvements to the keyboard over time.”

The Word flow keyboard debuted with Windows Phone 8.1 in 2014. The Swype keyboard-like feature allows users to glide over the display and type words. Like other third-party keyboard apps, the Word Flow also features word and emoji prediction.

Talking about keyboard apps, SwiftKey last month rolled out an update on Android that brings several new features including a revamped emoji panel. The update primarily brings a redesigned emoji panel, apart from new light and dark themed emoji panels. It also adds double-word prediction and offers two free new festive holiday themes for all users. The emoji panel will now also remember the last used category for user convenience.

Get started with your brand-new iOS device

You’ve just unboxed a shiny new iOS device — your first! — and you’re staring at it with ample excitement and a tinge of fear. Fear of the unknown, of technology and that you’ll mess something up.

It’s OK — natural, even — to feel that way; new technology is intimidating. We’ve all been there, and undoubtedly will be there again.

Instead of blindly swiping and tapping your way through various apps and settings, pull up this handy guide, pour a glass of your favorite beverage and get to know your new device.

Secure your device

The first time your iOS device is powered up, a setup assistant walks you through connecting to a Wi-Fi network, signing into your iCloud account and securing your device using Touch ID and a PIN code.

In an attempt to speed up the time from unboxing to using your new iDevice, a sales rep or loving family member could have rushed through the wizard. For the most part, there’s not much you need to worry about going back and setting up. But one aspect of the setup process you should revisit is device security.

Launch the Settings app on your iOS device, then select Touch ID & Passcode from the list of options. Here you can set your fingerprint to unlock a device equipped with Touch ID. As a backup, Apple requires you to set a six digit PIN. Not only does Touch ID double as a method for securing your device, but you can also make purchases and access applications that’ve implemented the new feature.

For those with an iOS device lacking Touch ID, you can visit Settings > Passcode to set a PIN.

Even with a passcode set, the potential to lose or have a device stolen exists. As such, be sure to enable Find My iPhone so you can track down your device using another iOS device (it doesn’t have to be yours) or a computer. The service plots your device’s location on a map in real time using GPS. Additionally, you can remotely lock or wipe the device to keep your personal information private.

You can enable Find My iPhone in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. For more information detailing why it’s so important to secure your device, be sure to read this excellent article by our very own Kent German.

Setup iCloud

When it comes to Apple products, your iCloud account is the key to it all. Through your account you can place FaceTime calls, send iMessages, wirelessly (and automatically) backup your device and sync photos across multiple devices.

Best of all, your iCloud account is free.

Jump into Settings and scroll down to the iCloud option; tap on it. If you already have an account sign in. If not, follow the prompts to create one.

In this section you an enable or disable the various services iCloud offers, including contact and calendar syncing across your Apple devices. As mentioned in the previous section, enabling Find My iPhone is imperative on a new iOS device — as is enabling Backup in iCloud’s preferences. Doing so will ensure your device is backed up each night, so long as it’s charging and connected to Wi-Fi.

Settings

The quickest way to learn the ins and outs of your device is to launch the Settings app. Arguably this is the most powerful app on your shiny device. Within Settings you can change your alert tones, protect your privacy, connect to Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices and so much more.

Typically the first thing I do when I’m handed an unfamiliar device is launch the Settings app then start viewing each category within, one by one, from the top to bottom. Every screen, every toggle.

It’s time consuming, sure. But at the end of the day when I find myself wondering “Hey, wonder if I can change that?” I have a pretty good idea of where to look. If not, starting with iOS 9 you can now search the Settings app for a specific setting.

While you’re digging around, be sure to go to General > Software Update to ensure your device shipped with the latest software on it. I’d hate for you to set up a new device and begin using it, only to miss out on new features due to an older version of software.

Add accounts

Do you have a Gmail or Yahoo account? If so, you can add them to your iOS device by going intoSettings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap on the proper button to add a new account, then follow the prompts.

Once you’re set up, your contacts and calendars will automatically begin syncing to your device. If you don’t have your contacts and calendars stored in a cloud service, you typically can ask your wireless carrier to transfer contacts from one device to another in a retail store, or use a free app such asVerizon’s Backup Assistant.

Switching from Android?

Easily the most frustrating part of starting over with a new phone is trying to move any photos, videos, music or personal content to the new device. Apple released an Android app to speed up the transfer process for those making the jump to iOS, which you can download here. Move to iOS will transfer your contacts, messages, photos and Google account to your iOS device.

Navigate like a pro

One thing a new iOS user may not realize is just how easy it is to navigate within apps and between screens. Sure there’s buttons to help you move forward and backward, but there’s also a lot of gesturesthat speed up the experience.

For example, when using Safari you can swipe in from the left-edge of the screen to move back a page. Conversely, you can swipe in from the right-edge to move forward.

When viewing your emails or messages you can swipe in either direction across a thread to reveal actions such as deleting a message.

Swiping down from the top of the screen at any time will reveal Notification Center, where the Notification and Today views are both held. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen brings up Control Center which houses shortcuts to music controls, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a calculator and even a flashlight.

Personalize your device

Our smartphones and tablets are extremely personal devices. Beyond the amount of personal information a device holds about our lives, it also reflects who we are. As such, you can customize your device to better display your personality.

Rearranging the app layout on your home screen is achieved by long-pressing on an app icon. After a few seconds, all icons will begin to jiggle. You can then drag and drop any app icon to your preferred location. You can even create folders by dragging one app icon and placing it atop another. Not only does moving icons around put your favorite apps on the main screen, you can also hide all of Apple’s preinstalled apps.

Wallpapers and ringtones are also meaningful ways to personalize your device. Lately I’ve been using a free wallpaper app called Wallpapers & Themes. It has a fairly large collection of wallpapers designed specifically for an iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch.

As for ringtones, you can either purchase them directly from the iTunes store or create your own directly on your device.

There’s still a lot to cover in terms of getting stuff done on your iOS device, so to help you get to the next level, be sure to read our complete guide to iOS 9. There

Spotify can play DJ at your next party

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Spotify is getting into the DJ business.

Starting Wednesday, the streaming music service is releasing a feature for its iOS andAndroid apps known as Spotify Party.

Party is designed to serve up mixed playlists of music that can get your guests to wind up or wind down at your next soiree, reception or blowout.

The feature is Spotify’s effort to demonstrate that it’s more than just a music app for lone listeners. With more than 75 million active listeners, Spotify is still playing catch-up with rival Pandora, which has more than 80 million users. Spotify also now competes with Apple Music, which counts around 15 million users since launching in June.

Where will you find Spotify Party? The feature is nestled in the Genres & Moods area within the Browse section on an iPhone or Android phone, according to a Spotify spokeswoman.

And how does Spotify Party act as your virtual DJ?

The feature offers a range of “expert-made” party playlists, including not just popular genres but one lineup created by DJ and music producerDiplo. In a blog post Wednesday, Spotify said it worked with Diplo to create an exclusive playlist of more than 120 curated songs, all of which can be tuned to create the right mood.

Spotify Party tries to act like an actual DJ, which means each song smoothly segues into the next, with no interruptions. You can tweak your music based on the mood you wish to set. The app offers a “mood tuner” for music right for hot and heavy dancing or something more mellow to help the crowd relax. The app also includes a queue of all the songs due to play, so you can remove and reorganize tunes in the playlist.

You can already create your own playlists in Spotify; the Party feature is just more automated.

“When it comes to throwing parties you simply have to have the right playlists — or everyone will leave,” Diplo said in a statement. “And while researching and picking out music is fun, it also takes a lot of time and effort. With Spotify Party, you’re served with loads of beat-matched music that transitions perfectly, which you can easily adapt to whatever your current vibe is.”

Spotify said Party will hit its iOS and Android apps sometime Wednesday. So if you don’t see it just yet, you can check again later in the day. A version for the desktop is also coming soon.