Facebook Developing Standalone Camera and Live Video App

facebookSocial networking site Facebook is developing a new standalone camera app aimed at encouraging Facebook users to share more photos and videos, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Developed by a Facebook team in London, the app reportedly opens directly to a camera much like Snapchat, giving users a way to quickly capture photos and videos. Another feature planned for the device is the ability to live stream video, mimicking existing apps like Meerkat and Periscope. In recent months, Facebook has been making a strong push into live video.

The app may be designed to combat a growing decline in the number of photos and videos Facebook users are sharing as focus has shifted towards articles and away from original content. Market research conducted by GlobalWebIndex suggests 37 percent of Facebook users uploaded or shared their own photos in 1Q 2016, down from 46 percent in 1Q 2015.

Other methods Facebook is using to encourage the sharing of original content include news feed prompts based based on interests and location, an "On This Day" feature for sharing past posts, and an option to post pre-made collages taken from a user's Facebook photo repository.

According to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook's camera project remains in the early stages and could potentially never see a release should it be shelved.



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41 months ago
Does Facebook have a fetish in making useless apps?
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41 months ago
This is not a good idea.

Facebook already has a separate app just to read a message. Facebook on Safari doesn't allow you to upload videos. So that's 3 apps I have to switch between. And now they want to add 2 more to the mix?

Facebook apps are going to be deleted from my phone because it's taking up too much resources.

They need to stop. They need to put everything back into 1 app.
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41 months ago
Facebook, what was wrong when we had just one app? That was perfect! I dont want a folder just for Facebook :(
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41 months ago
Next they'll bring out a separate app just so you can post a status.
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41 months ago
Wasn't that the whole point of buying Instagram?
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41 months ago
Holy Déjà vu, Batman.

https://www.macrumors.com/2012/05/24/facebook-launches-new-iphone-app-dedicated-to-posting-and-sharing-photos/
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41 months ago

Use two phones to stream to each, then you've got stereoscopic streaming
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Not really. Would you like one app that's three times bigger and three times harder to use? Otherwise maybe just two apps, each 1/3 of the size – and don't install the third app since you don't use it.


YES. I WANT ONE BIG APP THATS THREE TIMES HARDER TO USE.

As long as it's ONE app.

1 app is fixable.

Everybody else is doing 1 app.

1 app works.

1 app makes me happy.

I don't like flipping from app to app to app.

Back to back to back.

None of the other 59 apps on my iPhone make me go back and forth and back and forth between different apps to do different stuff.

It's stupidity.

I spent 3 hours last night on the Safari Facebook mobile version, which they purposely disabled having a desktop version so that you could only browse the mobile version and when you go to upload a video it says you can only upload a video in the main app.



And you know the crazy thing? All of their different apps have different problems. If the message app has connectivity issues then where do you go? The Facebook app but you can't message in the Facebook app, even though you used to be able to message in the Facebook app so now you have to go back to Safari. But the mobile web version of Facebook is undergoing some changes.

It's out of control.

And for that, I have Facebook on a leash. A very very tight leash strapped to their neck, boot to neck. I keep an eye out for what I allow Facebook to access in regards to third party services. I make sure my location is turned off, I don't give Facebook certain permissions. I watch who I follow. I watch who's notification I get. Who I befriend. What settings I turn off or on. And how much information I give out, which is nothing. Don't trust Facebook. I use Facebook very rarely.

We live in a world where we do not need Facebook. I don't have a problem with deleting the Facebook messaging app because I could just open messages. Twitter. Line. Snapchat. Kik. KakaoTalk.

Facebook can go lay down with Myspace and go where MySpace went.

And I'll keep deleting any crap app(s) they make. It's mobile web or nothing.

I didn't find the actual Facebook app to be particularly useful. It's rather slow. That reminds me to delete the Facebook messenger app that sits there collecting dust. And didn't Facebook just do a press release that they had to roll out an update for one of their apps draining people's iPhone battery because of something playing in the background just the other day? It is completely comical how the media did not call Facebook to task for activating the microphone 24/7 monitoring everyone. That wasn't a mistake. That's exactly what they said the NSA was going to do and I'm convinced they're still doing it.

Let me delete all these Facebook apps. They're literally trying to break your phone, and waste your time. Companies that block their own users shan't be surprised when they begin to spot a decline.

Facebook ain't too big to go. Mark Zuckerburg better take the money and run.
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41 months ago
How about a standalone upload app for pictures taken with the standalone camera app. I'd like to provide my comments with a standalone response app and read replies with a standalone reader app.
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41 months ago
Facebook has fast become the technology thing I dread using the most. It's just plain awful, slow, ridden with "sponsored" ****, and they keep insisting I load 10 different apps of theirs for simple functions.
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41 months ago
No, I'm very close to deleting Facebook. It's just no longer worth it, it's gone from interesting stuff on there and keeping in touch with people who live away from you to now just being a platform that sends you 'Each share equals 1 prayer' and updates on the family fued going on with your fitness friends sister in laws friend who isn't even on your friends list.
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