Thanks to Snapchat, the idea of smart glasses with the camera is not alien anymore. This time Facebook has joined the smart glass bandwagon with Ray-Ban Stories. The product was created in partnership with the popular eyewear brand EssilorLuxottica.
Messenger has been one of the key services for Facebook. After separating the service into a standalone app, the company has been adding more and more features to the app. This month, Messenger turned 10 and on the occasion of its 10th birthday, Facebook has added a slew of new features to the app.
Facebook today announced that it is bringing end-to-end encryption to Messenger audio/video calls and Instagram DMs. Along with encryption, the company is also rolling out new controls for its disappearing messages.
Instagram today announced some changes coming to the platform for users under the age of 16. From now, every new user under the age of 16 that signs up on Instagram will have a ‘Private’ account by default.
Facebook cloud gaming is now live and can be accessed from the web app on iPhone. Facebook cloud gaming was in private beta and is finally available for all iPhone users. The service will let you play games like Solitaire and match-threes. Meanwhile, you can stream graphic-laden games from the web app.
Facebook has introduced an audio emoji called ‘Soundmojis.’ Messenger users will now be able to send Soundmojis in chats. Facebook says the audio emojis will “add color and vibrancy to Messenger chats.”
Apple debuted App Tracking Transparency with iOS 14.5 update earlier this year. Since the feature’s release, big tech companies have been worrying about the effects of the feature on their advertising revenue. Now, according to a new report from Bloomberg, Facebook is ‘panicking’ over the long-term effects of ATT.
Remember Facebook’s Cloud Gaming service? Well, you probably don’t. Facebook launched its cloud gaming service back in October 2020. The service was available only to Android and web users, and that too in a ‘private beta.’ The company is expanding its reach today, however, there’s still no word on the launch of Facebook cloud gaming service on iPhone and iPad.
Facebook is planning to turn Instagram into TikTok. Instagram’s head, Adam Mosseri, announced on Twitter that big changes are coming to the Instagram app, and the company is planning to take on TikTok by introducing full-screen and recommended videos to the Instagram feed.
Facebook is rolling out its own Clubhouse competitor ‘Live Audio Rooms’ today. Live Audio Rooms is available on iOS starting today but will be limited to a select group of users for now. Along with its Clubhouse clone, Facebook is also rolling out podcasts in its app.