Facebook’s F8 event: 3 big things announced so far

FacebookFacebook is the leading social network in the world, with more than 2 billion users. The biggest social network on Earth is now under fire for misusing the personal data of more than 70 million people. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a Senate hearing following reports of privacy violations.

The social network is doing everything it can to recover its reputation after the data mishap. In the middle of this melee, the company just kicked off its annual developer conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, giving developers a sneak preview of new technology and features from Facebook ahead of public release.

In the section below, we have compiled a list of the most important announcements from Facebook at its annual F8 conference event. Before we proceed, Facebook’s F8 event starts on May 1 and runs through May 2. There are a lot more to come in the Day 2, so let’s wait and see.

  1. Oculus Go

Oculus Go marks Facebook’s first steps into the virtual reality market. However, Facebook did not reveal the release date for its own VR headset. At the F8 event, the company finally confirmed that Oculus Go is now available on sale and users can get it at Oculus.com.

However, Oculus Go will not arrive in all markets this year. Facebook claims that the company’s VR headset will be available in 23 different countries, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the US, and the UK. US-based users can buy Oculus Go at Amazon, BestBuy, and NewEgg starting today. The 32 GB model and 64GB model will be priced at $199 and $249 respectively.

  1. Dating profiles

Facebook has been working on improving its social network for years, expanding its usefulness just beyond being able to post and upload comments. You now can do a lot of things on Facebook. One such thing is the ability to build your own dating profile.

At this year’s F8 event, Facebook finally introduced a dating feature after months of rumors and speculation. The new feature allows you to set up your own dating profile and then search for potential events and groups based on your dating preferences. In reality, this is not something new, as we have seen some similar features on other platforms. Facebook says that the dating feature will be available for testing purposes this year, with public release arriving in early 2019.

  1. A redesigned Messenger

The Messenger is a messaging app that sets it apart from the official Facebook app. Facebook’s move aims to target users who want to get rid of the resource-heavy Facebook app. Tech expert say that the Messenger app will get support for 4K photos, allowing for better sharing capability. Besides, Messenger may get AR effects and support for AI translation. At the event, Facebook gave users a preview of what Messenger looks like with revamped UI and new icons.

Also read: Tips to fix Facebook Messenger not loading on your Apple Watch

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