On May 1-2, 2018, developers, media, and partners gathered on Facebook's annual developer conference called F8 in San Jose, California. Here's the takeaway from the announcements on that day:
1. Facebook Dating
With over 2 billion people using Facebook to socialize, it's about time Facebook entered the dating game. The new feature is built into the app and operates like Tinder. The profile on Dating will be separate from your current profile and your existing friends won't appear as potential matches.
2. Oculus Go
Facebook is launching a more affordable VR headset with the release of Oculus Go. The standalone VR headset goes on sale today for $199, which is a more affordable price point compared to their previous $499 Oculus package. Facebook also introduced several new things that you can do in VR: Oculus TV lets you stream Netflix or Hulu into your headset; Oculus Venues does the same for live concerts, sporting events, and comedy shows. There’s also Oculus Rooms, a place to casually hang out and play a friendly board game with friends in virtual reality.
3. Third party apps on Instagram
You can now share more things to your Instagram Story such as Spotify playlist or footage from GoPro app. Facebook said that more third-party apps will be integrated soon, so you can expect a growing number of ways to enhance your Stories. Instagram is also borrowing from Facebook’s Camera Effects Platform to roll out new AR features in the app, and a redesigned Explore tab to help people discover new content on Instagram. This announcement presents an opportunity for app developers to share their content to Instagram.
4. Whatsapp Group Video Call
Not to be left behind by other messaging apps, Whatsapp now offers group video call. It has previously offered video call, but the ability to make group video call is a great addition.
Businesses love using Messenger, they send and receive 8 billion messages through the chat app every month. Now, Facebook’s redesigning the app to improve those interactions. There’s a new Customer Chat plug-in that lets businesses integrate Messenger into their websites, and an opportunity for #brands to tap into Facebook’s augmented reality tech. M, Messenger’s virtual assistant, gets new functionality too: It can now offer realtime translations within a chat app—in English and Spanish for now, but more languages soon.
With all the controversies surrounding Facebook about how they handle user privacy, collects data, and possibly interfere with democracy through fake news, Facebook addressed these issues by introducing several new features. Facebook now has a feature that lets users clear their browsing history from the platform. Zuckerberg also affirmed Facebook’s commitment to preventing “fake news” and fake accounts from spreading on the platform.
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