Facebook announced a series of features and updates at its annual F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, and while the news is mostly targeted for developers and app designers right now, it could eventually mean big things for Facebook users.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the two-day long conference with a major update to the Facebook Messenger chatting platform. Users will be able to send photos, GIFs, music and integrate with apps like ESPN and the Weather Channel.
Other improvements were made to Facebook’s video player and its app analytics platform. The social network announced it’s getting into the Internet of Things trend, too.
In case you missed the presentation, here’s a look at everything you need to know:
Perhaps the biggest update unveiled during Zuckerberg’s keynote is that Facebook Messenger — the social network’s chatting tool — is becoming a massive communications hub, where users will be able to do much more than chat with others via the service.
Developers can now add a Messenger button to third-party apps.
In the future, for example, a developer could be able to add a Messenger button within a movie ticketing service app, so after a customer makes a purchase, they could share those details and movie times with a friend on Facebook.
For a glimpse at how the first batch of apps will look, click here.
Many of the early partners working with Facebook Messenger are focused on photos and entertainment. Some apps were developed specifically for the platform, while others are building Messenger in as an added feature.
Facebook unveils Messenger for Business at its F8 conference in San Francisco on March 25, 2015.
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