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Facebook to turn Messenger into a hub like Line or Wechat

posted Mar 25, 2015, 11:00 PM by Barny CK
Mark Zuckerberg and his lieutenants let out a bunch of goodies at the F8 Developer Conference keynote earlier today. The highlight of the keynote was the Messenger app, with Zuckerberg announcing that the company will be opening the instant messaging to third party developers wishing to write apps for the app. For a start, the Messenger app will soon accommodate GIF files for a more personal touch to instant messaging. There is also a segment called the Messenger Business whereby businesses can insert a "Messenger" icon in their website for users' ease to communicate with the company. The implication coming out from this announcement is that the Messenger will evolve into a platform with which many developers can come together to develop on this platform. Other the Messenger, it was also revealed that Facebook will soon possess the ability to upload and view spherical videos. The user experience of this feature is further optimised with the ability to view these videos virtual reality by using the Oculus Rift headset. Other announcements include updates to its ad product LiveRail and introduction of Parse SDK for the Internet of Things. Facebook is also enabling users to embed Facebook videos in their websites.