Facebook has just announced “Watch”, a dedicated video platform on the social network. This will aid budding creators to post original video content and shows, with Facebook eventually looking to allow participation from everyone.
A new patent filed by Facebook suggests that it is working on a modular device of its own. Titled “modular electromechanical device,” the patent envisions a device whose components can be easily swapped as and when needed.
After cloning Snapchat via Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status, Facebook today announced the worldwide launch of Messenger Day, its Snapchat clone for its messaging client. Messenger Day was first announced in October last year and was made available for limited testing in some countries.
While Snapchat brought Stories to the world, Facebook seems remarkably focused on bringing its own Stories-inspired feature to its apps.
Earlier this week, Hugo Barra announced that he will be leaving Xiaomi to go back to Silicon Valley. Today, Barra revealed that he will be joining Facebook to lead all of the company’s virtual reality efforts. He will be the VP of virtual reality at the social networking giant and lead the Oculus team.
Facebook sees Messenger as a primary way for people to communicate with friends and family, or even acquaintances, and apparently a little friendly competition isn’t off the table, either.
It’s no secret that the official Facebook client for Android (and iOS) is a very resource hungry app that can greatly affect the battery life of your device. Almost a year ago, tests conducted by various Redditors and other publications showed that uninstalling the Facebook app was enough to increase the battery life of their device and its performance by a significant margin.
Facebook is absolutely not a stranger to launching standalone apps for features that have been baked into its stock app for years. And now there’s one more.
Facebook has launched a new app called Messenger Lite that is specifically designed for entry-level Android devices with low memory. The “slimmed down version of Messenger” is ideal for users who live in areas where data connectivity is slow.