Facebook F8 Keynote: Instagram Gets Video Chat, Dating Comes to FB

Facebook F8 developer conference sees Mark Zuckerberg highlight some key developments in the app. 

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Facebook is holding its ninth developer conference in the United States, which started at 10:30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook, used this platform to share his company’s roadmap for the future, which had hit a major hurdle since the revelation of data misuse via Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg made announcements that more or less tried to strike a balance between keeping both users as well the developers on its side.

Facebook F8 Keynote: Instagram Gets Video Chat, Dating Comes to FB
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11:49 PM , 01 May

That's the end of Zuckerberg's Keynote

The lively 30-minute keynote briefing from Mark Zuckerberg comes to an end. He leaves the stage to let the product guys speak to the 5,000 developers present at the venue. And that’s our cue to sign off from this live blog. Stay tuned to The Quint for more updates and stories from F8.

11:25 PM , 01 May
KEY EVENT

Oculus Go Launched

Oculus Go shipping begins May 1. 
Oculus Go shipping begins May 1. 
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The Oculus Go virtual reality headset goes official. The standalone VR headset has been priced at $199 (Rs 13,500 approx) and is ready to be shipped. But that’s not all.

Everyone at the Facebook F8 just got lucky as Facebook is handing out the Oculus Go headsets to everyone who is attending the event. Not a bad way to try out the first-of-its-kind device from Oculus. It can connect directly to a network, without the need for a PC or a phone.

11:17 PM , 01 May
KEY EVENT

New Look Facebook Messenger Incoming

Messenger gets a design refresh. 
Messenger gets a design refresh. 
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Not too many details were revealed about this by Mark. So, probably this feature is still in the works. By the looks of it, Messenger’s design interface is likely to become cleaner and more on the lines of Material Design of Android maybe?

11:12 PM , 01 May
KEY EVENT

New Features come to WhatsApp

Group video calling on WhatsApp demonstrated by Mark. 
Group video calling on WhatsApp demonstrated by Mark. 
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Video calling is one of the most popular features on WhatsApp. Around the world people are making 2 billion minutes of calls. Zuckerberg announced group video calling for WhatsApp as a new feature.

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Published: 01 May 2018, 8:48 PM IST