Facebook’s F8 developer conference was held at San Jose, California. The theme of the conference was “the future is private” according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In which Zuckerberg told that the company is majorly focused to keep the user’s data secured and help people connected with family and friends.
In the conference, Facebook announced updates to Instagram, Facebook Messenger and Facebook’s core service. Much updates were released for the Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets and a new dating feature that could help in interactions between you and your friends.
1. Facebook Redesigned
Facebook is focused on groups and Zuckerberg on the stage said that the platform is getting a major makeover to show the same. The company is now focused to put “communities as primary as friends” on Facebook. In the redesigned version termed as FB5 of both the app and website with all new white design will be faster, simpler and more impressive than the previous version.
The redesigned version of Facebook will be available right away in the US and Canada with a global rollout scheduled for late this half.
With the new groups, tab users will be able to search for the groups as per their interests. Facebook will also help in finding new friends from shared interests like a school, workplace or city this feature is currently in testing and it will be available in selected locations currently and will be available soon.
2. Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger will lead the company’s plan of data privacy its has focused on making the Messenger App lighter and faster than ever before dubbed as Lightspeed (the new messenger app) expected to release later this year will be under 30MB in size and loads in about 1.2 seconds from a fresh start.
Officially Facebook has announced a dedicated Facebook Messenger Desktop App for both Windows and MacOS which Zuckerberg told that its the most requested feature from the users and he told that it will be available in fall later this year.
3. Instagram Upgrades
At the conference, it was announced that the Instagram camera feature will get a major upgrade with a new “Create” tab which will be available in the camera interface allowing you to access all the feature like a question, polling, text, or other sticker options on the same screen.
Donation stickers are also added today to make fundraising possible directly in Stories.
Instagram has added a dedicated shopping section in the explore tab which allows users to shop directly from their favorite creator’s page and look for any products details and pricing by tapping on its picture and checkout within the app.
4. Oculus Quest
Finally, Facebook has released its much-awaited “Oculus Quest” Virtual Reality headset and the company calls it an all-in-one gaming VR headset.
The company also unveiled the “Oculus Rift S”, which is an upgrade to the existing tethered VR headset which needs to be connected to powerful gaming equipment to operate. The upgraded device now has higher resolution display, improved optics and a mixed reality experience with the help of the camera on the front and a feature called Passthrough+.
Both the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S are now available for pre-orders with a retail price of $399 (~INR 27,711) each and will start shipping from May 21.
5. Minor Whatsapp Upgrades
Whatsapp privacy is not an issue for Facebook, except it introduced a product catalog in Whatsapp Business, which means the Whatsapp Business will now allow the Business to show all available privately and even without a website.
Zuckerberg also explained about Whatsapp Payments, which is based on India’s UPI payments system currently under testing with 1 million users in the country and the company plans to launch the new feature in coming months.