Like every other year, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg hit the stage at its F8 Developer Conference held San Jose with a bucket full of announcements. And it’s not just about Facebook, the announcement encompasses a number of new features that are going to be added to popular services like WhatsApp and Instagram.
Tinder You Better Watch Out, Facebook is Coming for You!
Facebook seems to have developed a battalion to beat Tinder at its own game. After having taken on Snapchat with Instagram and classified giants like Craigslist, OLX with its Facebook Marketplace, Zuckerberg led developer’s team at Facebook’s next target is without any doubt, Tinder. The social networking giant aims to use it humongous user database to take on the popular dating app, but including a random dating feature into the platform.
Chris Cox, Facebook Product Chief detailed the upcoming feature saying that it would allow users to message each other using only their first name, in turn, start a conversation completely separate from both Messenger and Facebook. Unlike Tinder, Facebook takes a more social approach towards dating by anonymously browse potential matches inside groups or in the event you are interested in attending.
Messenger Receives a Design Revamp with an Upcoming Dark Mode
Facebook is giving its popular messaging service a complete design overhaul. The latest announcement is part of Facebook’s attempt at providing a cleaner and simpler messaging experience to its users. Off late, the social networking giant has bloated Messenger with a ton of features, which even included games. Well, this apparently was diverting Messenger from being a chat app to more of a multi-purpose app. Finally, Facebook is shifting focus back to the messaging business and has in turn given the app a markedly cleaner appearance. Now, the navigation menu only consists of three central tabs, whereas an icon for camera and video chat are located at the top right corner.
WhatsApp Finally Getting Stickers and Group Video Calling Ability
Unlike Messenger, WhatsApp isn’t receiving any sort of a design overhaul yet. Facebook has, however, announced the addition of two new features to the messaging app which is currently used daily by over 450 million people worldwide. After many dilemmas, WhatsApp is finally getting support for stickers. With that said, WhatsApp is apparently the last to the race in terms of stickers, with WeChat, Line and Facebook Messenger being the early adopters.
Mubarik Imam, Director of WhatsApp further revealed that the company will be encouraging third-party developers to make stickers for the app.Besides, WhatsApp is also getting two business-focused features which include group voice and video calling. So far, it has been revealed that the app will allow up to 4 peoples to engage in voice calls. The features would be added to the app in the coming months in the form of incremental updates.
Instagram Gets AR Face Filter with Stories Receiving Spotify and GoPro Integration
Facebook has made a few changes to Instagram too. After having introduced Snapchat like AR Filters in Instagram Stories last year, Mark Zuckerberg has now opened up for third party collaboration to serve more such AR Filters to its huge user base. Previously Instagram was developing its own filter, but starting today Facebook has allowed a partnership with brands and influencers like Kylie Jenner, BuzzFeed, Ariana Grande, NBA, Vogue etc for more such filters.
Users can soon start sharing these filters by following the influencer or the brand developing this filter. Apart from that, Facebook has also announced a collaboration with popular music streaming platform Spotify and camera app GoPro for Stories. Users can now tap on the share button on the respective apps to post content from them into their Instagram Stories.
Oculus Go Now Officially Available on Sale at $199
The last but not the least important takeaway from the Facebook F8 Developer Conference was regarding the Oculus Go, the $199 budget standalone VR headset.
Announced last year, the headset is now officially available for sale on Amazon. With that said, Amazon had spilled the beans by accidentally putting up for pre-orders hours before the official announcement. Along with it, Facebook has also announced a new Oculus TV hub that will help users to stream content from partners including ESPN, Showtime, Netflix among others.