Facebook F8: Everything Facebook Announced At F8 2017

Posted: Apr 19 2017, 6:52am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
Facebook F8: Everything Facebook Announced at F8 2017
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  • Facebook announces multiple updates at the F8 2017

The Facebook developer’s conference will see a bunch of new updates based on AR, camera effects and chat bot

The F8 2017 is finally here. Facebook’s annual developer conference which is a two-day event will see the release of multiple updates by the tech giant. New changes include a whole line up from augmented reality developments to changes in Messenger. For 2017 the conference has been moved from San Francisco to San Jose.

The event is a platform for Facebook to announce its plans for key initiatives and updates of major products on the social networking site. The F8 2017 started with a keynote address from the CEO himself; Mark Zuckerberg, yesterday morning. Over the years the F8 conference tended to be more developer focused and about updates on the Facebook Messenger but this year more expanded updates have been added.

Augmented Reality Updates
The biggest announcement made by Zuckerberg at the F8 was the updates concerning Augmented Reality. Facebook is working on building new AR camera effects for its users which will change the way people interact with friends on the social media. So far only a beta version of the effects has been released. The goal of Facebook is to release many AR-powered effects, not much different than Snapchat filters. Facebook will provide developers with the software to produce such filters in the AR studio. According to Zuckerberg the tech may one day be used through AR glasses.

Social VR ‘Spaces’
Another new development by Facebook is the development of the beta version of the Social VR product known as Spaces. Last year Zuckerberg had outlined how at Facebook they have envisioned virtual reality as the future of social interaction. The Spaces app will let Facebook users create avatars which can the meet up with friends in virtual reality. Basically Facebook is trying to convert VR which is a solo activity into a group activity. Users will be able to chat and gesture with their arms in the VR setting, while they can also draw pictures or watch YouTube videos together. Keep in mind Facebook already owns the virtual reality firm Oculus VR so they just need to integrate the tech into their platform.

Messenger Update
Chat bots were released by Facebook a while ago and on the Messenger service they are readily available. However finding and using the chat bots is quite difficult thus the reason for their less than enthusiastic take off. Facebook is not going down without a fight and is readying itself to launch a new tab called the Discover. The Discover tab can be accessed from the home screen. It lets the user sift through bots by categories with the help of a search field. Bots which are being recently used and trending are given more precedence.

Additionally Facebook will add chat extensions into Messenger. This way more than one person can interact with third-party apps within a single thread. Facebook is also trying to revive the QR codes. The social networking site will launch QR codes which will show details on events in the real world so more people can learn about them. The QR codes will need to be scanned with camera in Facebook's main app to reveal the details.

Apple Music Extension
Another new addition to the Facebook Messenger extensions is Apple Music. According to David Marcus, head of Messenger, Apple Music is going to be one of their first partners. Apple Music will soon be available on the Messenger platform. Although no further details have been revealed it has been suggested users will be able to browse and use Apple Music while they are on the Messenger.

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