F8 2018 : Here’s eveything Facebook announced on Day1


The first day of Facebook’s F8 conference was packed with many new announcements and updates for Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Here are the highlights from Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote on Day 1

#1 FaceDate

Facebook is launching a new dating feature where you can volunteer to make a profile that’s only visible to non-friends who’ve also opted into looking for love. Facebook will match you based on all its data, and messaging will happen in a dedicated inbox rather than Messenger.

#2 Clear History

Facebook is building a new privacy feature called “Clear History”, which will allow users to delete data Facebook has collected from sites and apps that use its ads and analytics tool. This is a welcome move by Facebook after Cambridge Analytica controversies as it will help privacy-conscious to delete their browsing history, though it’ll make your Facebook experience less personalized.

#3 Instagram video chat and anti-bullying

Instagram is launching video chat and getting a new filter to protect users from bullying comments, plus an improved Explore tab. With anti-bullying features, Instagram could become a safer and sillier place for teens to hang out.

#4 Oculus Go goes on sale

Facebook’s VR headset Oculus Go is now on sale. It costs $199 for the version with 32GB of onboard storage, and $249 for the 64GB variety.

#5 Facebook Messenger Starts Translations

Facebook is tiptoeing into the translation of chat threads in Messenger, starting with English-Spanish convos in the US within Marketplace. Meanwhile, Facebook is stripping out the camera and games tab to give Messenger a cleaner design.

#6 Introducing VR Memories and 3D photos 

Facebook is bringing 3D illustrations and models to the News Feed. It’s also going to turn 2D photos into VR memories and  3D environments you can explore using a trippy point cloud design.

#7 Sharing to Facebook and Instagram Stories from other apps

Now other apps like Spotify, SoundCloud, and GoPro can share photos and videos directly to Stories inside Facebook and Instagram.

#8 New stickers and group video calling on WhatsApp

WhatsApp Status now has 450 million daily active users. That’s well over 2X the user count of Snapchat’s whole app. And WhatsApp is also adding stickers and group video calling.


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