F8 2017: What To Expect At Facebook’s Developer Conference


On April 18, Facebook will kick off its F8 Annual Developer Conference. And just like the earlier iterations, Facebook will showcase totally different updates on its merchandise achieved along with its developer and entrepreneur companions.

This time, the convention guarantees to be greater – in spite of everything, that is F8’s 10th anniversary and for positive, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will present how far the world’s largest social media platform has come. Things to count on embody updates in digital actuality, augmented actuality, false information, and extra.

Facebook Messenger

Earlier this month, the variety of customers of Facebook Messenger has reportedly reached 1.2 billion already. Expect Mark Zuckerberg to say this throughout his keynote speech. But greater than that, Messenger itself will get important updates, resembling group chatbots. These chatbots are a brand new characteristic that may present information and different updates. For instance, basketball followers can add a sports activities bot of their group thread and this thread will give stay scores and information about basketball.

False News, Live Feed Violence

Earlier this month, a person from Cleveland posted on Facebook Live a video of him confessing to homicide (he posted a video earlier than displaying him taking pictures a person). Facebook Live introduced dilemma to the social community after this characteristic was used to indicate violent content material, such because the aforementioned homicide, and several other suicide instances. Expect Facebook to debate this throughout F8.

Speaking of content material, it’s also possible to count on Facebook to sort out pretend information additional. Several pretend information unfold through Facebook, particularly throughout the 2016 elections. Since then, Facebook has been proactive towards the unfold of flawed data, instructing customers how you can spot false information.

Virtual Reality

Since Facebook purchased Oculus in 2014, it has been making an attempt to step up its sport in digital actuality improvement, particularly its integration with its social media platforms. Features like 360 movies and 360 photographs have already been carried out.

In March, Facebook launched Facebook 360 for Gear VR, a extra immersive 360-degree viewing expertise utilizing the Facebook 360 app and Samsung Gear VR (powered by Oculus). In reality, VR is so huge a tech this 12 months that for the 2017 F8, there will probably be eight totally different VR-related classes.

Augmented Reality

Facebook has been dabbling in one other type of actuality, the augmented one. Facebook has been engaged on AR lenses, though it’s a far cry from being a actuality so count on no actual product at F8. AR lenses, like most wearable tech, are a part of Zuckerberg’s future highway map for Facebook. He talked about it throughout the F8 final 12 months, so count on him to say the current developments that his firm has taken since then.


Instagram made information this month when its Instagram Stories reached 200 million customers, surpassing Snapchat, the very app from which it copied most of its options. For this 12 months’s F8, count on Facebook to disclose extra options for Instagram, resembling Camera Platform Effects and the Places Graph.

The two-day Facebook F8 convention will probably be held on the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 18 and 19.

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