Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Facebook Messenger is getting faster, lighter and more secure in 2019

The Mark Zuckerberg builds wife a custom alarm clock, casually solves parenting problem
Patty Aguilar | 01 May, 2019, 00:22

Facebook pulled in nearly $56 billion in revenue past year, almost of all which came from showing ads to the 2.7 billion people who access its family of apps each month.

Facebook is rolling out a major redesign of its mobile app and introducing a desktop app for its Messenger service as the internet giant tries to recover from a series of privacy breakdowns this past year. Personally, I've always wanted something like this to watch YouTube videos with faraway friends, so hopefully Facebook doesn't screw it up when it rolls out later this year.

The giant social network unveiled its new look on Tuesday as part of what it claims is a grand shift away from functioning like a "town square" to something more like a "living room", focusing on "privacy first".

Facebook is big into AR and VR, so naturally, they had a few announcements about that as well. Zuckerberg alluded to these troubles at F8, saying "I'm sure we're going to keep unearthing old issues for a while".

The new Facebook will also feature clean lines with loads of white space.

Another new feature is a dedicated area in the Messenger app for close friends and family, which will contain everything from Stories to private images and videos that you share with each other.

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Last but certainly not least, Facebook said that it will eventually make Messenger have end-to-end encryption by default.

Facebook also announced expansions to its hardware devices, including bringing WhatsApp to its video screen hub Portal and expanding sales of the device to Canada and Europe.

Additionally, the company is launching a desktop version of the app, available for both Windows and MacOS.

But Facebook is no longer adding many new users in the United States and Europe, its most lucrative markets, and it must find additional sources of revenue if it is to sustain growth.

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And Oculus will begin shipping its two new products, Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest, on 21 May. The US$399 (NZ$597) Oculus Quest was announced past year. The Quest is a headset that doesn't require a tethered PC. If you want to know more about the conference, you can check the full schedule with all of the keynotes and sessions that will be taking place right here on F8.com. Zuckerberg had also just testified before Congress about that and other privacy mishaps, but at F8 was already trying to put those troubles behind him.

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