“The future is private” – a statement from Mark Zuckerberg which was formed as a central theme of the entire show.
In its F8 show, Zuckerberg and his team has some fine upgrades to their services and lets users focus much on group engagements.
Key Takeaways from Facebook’s F8 Conference, 2019
Starting with the core platform, Facebook has created a Specific Groups icon to let groups more engaging.
Giving less prominence to likes, Instagram’s new version focuses more on businesses and a new photo capturing UI.
Messenger too is getting its own priorities. Focusing more on groups, now you can set status messages or photos with only the people you like.
And, the company has said to be working on reducing the app’s size too. The new app upgrade would certainly be less than 30MB of size.
Besides these, Zuckerberg delighted everyone by announcing the “Desktop version of Messenger” – one of the most requested features from the company. And this would be available from later this year.
Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S
Upgrading from previous versions, Oculus Quest has an in-built console and Rift S has the inside out tracking system. These headsets are now targeted to mass markets and are heavily priced.
Priced at $399 (both Quest and Rift S), these headsets are available for 22 countries with pre-orders starting right away. Shipping of those booked will commence from May 21 onwards.
Secret Crush – A New Dating Feature!
The final one and the most interesting of all.
Facebook has been developing this feature since last year, and now it’s expanding further to 14 more countries. An additional introduction is – “Secret Crush”
This feature allows you to make a list of (up to) 9 of your friends to whom you feel attracted to, even if they aren’t using this feature. So does others.
And in case, if they had you on their list and vice versa, that’s a match. Facebook sends a notification to both of you.