F8, the annual conference held by Facebook, has started yesterday. The event is dedicated to developers and entrepreneurs who build products and services around the website. Here are the most important things discussed in the first day of this years’ edition.
A new privacy feature will be available. Facebook collects personal data trough sites and apps that use its ads and analytics tool. Users will be allowed to delete data Facebook has collected about them. They will also have an option to turn the data-collection feature off.
Messenger app will be simplified by removing the games and camera tabs on the bottom and shrinking the friend bubbles. Also, users will be able to translate conversations in real time.
Users will be able to build a Facebook dating profile. They can connect with other singles their area. This part of the app will not be visible to friends in the regular network.People who use the dating feature will be able to browse different events in their cities. Text-based conversations will take place outside Messenger, in a new messaging feature.
Oculus Go, the first stand-alone VR headset, is available in 23 countries. Facebook already has more than 1000 apps compatible with the Oculus Go. Moreover, a partnership with Hasbro is planned in order to create a collection of VR board games.
AR Camera Effects suite will be available directly into Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Similar to Snapchat World Lenses, the option will allow adding 3D objects into your feed. These tools will be available also for companies. Nike, Asus, Sephora and Kia already announced they will use 3D visualizations of objects to present their products.
Both Facebook and Instagram will allow integration of pictures and videos from external platforms. Users will be able to share in their Stories iformation from Spotify, SoundCloud si GoPro.
WhatsApp will also benefit new options. Group Calling allows up to four people onto one call. Stickers are also coming to WhatsApp. A new feature called WhatsApp Business will allow small businesses to communicate with users on the platform.
Instagram is getting an improved Explore tab and a new filter to protect users from bullying comments.