Facebook’s group video chat app, Bonfire, has silently popped up on the App Store in Denmark. The app’s existence was confirmed back in July, but this is the first time it’s been spotted on the App Store. Adam Blacker from app analytics firm Apptopia mentions that the app is only available in Denmark as of now, while only 2,000 members appear to have downloaded it so far.
The Facebook app on iOS now comes with the ability to take 360-degree pictures by default. This feature has been supported by Facebook for about a year now, but required users to take a panoramic image from their smartphone or camera of choice and then upload it onto the app. This new feature is going live for iOS and Android users today in the form of an app update.
Earlier today, the Facebook-owned Instagram confirmed that it was overhauling its comment system to adopt a threaded organizational style.
Instagram has always been built on a social idea, sharing photos and videos, and comments have been a tentpole feature for the community.
In June of this year, Facebook launched Spotify group playlists within Messenger, so friends and family members could put together a playlist together while talking to one another through the platform.
Facebook has officially confirmed the removal of its Snapchat rival app, known as Lifestage. The app was launched exclusively for people under 21 in August last year, and was designed by 19-year old product designer Michael Sayman. However, the app failed to strike a chord with the masses, and was last ranked #1392 on the iTunes App Store.
In 2013, Facebook acquired an Israeli mobile-analytics company called Onavo which was primarily known for Onavo Protect, a VPN app. Facebook, however, has used data collected from Onavo to shape its future policies and product roadmaps.
Back in May, we heard that Facebook had plans to roll out its own original video content, with a wide range of features to go along with it.
In recent times, plenty of reports have surfaced about Facebook’s experimental Building 8 lab working on a major new hardware product. Now, a new report from Bloomberg provides more details about the product with which Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to Facebook users closer to each other and make them feel like they are in the same room.
Facebook has increasingly been focusing on its video initiatives since the last year or so. A report from earlier this year claimed that the company was working on almost two dozen TV shows with a huge budget.