Facebook today announced three new mobile app features aimed at helping its users better "create and save memories," with a launch in India first and then rolling out to the global community "shortly thereafter" (via The Verge).

The first feature allows photos and videos taken with Facebook's in-app camera to be saved directly to a user's Facebook account in the cloud, and not onto their device's storage. This is aimed at the India market due to the popularity of cheaper entry-level devices in the country and their inherent storage limitations.

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Image via The Verge

These pictures and videos will only be visible to the user after they're saved, but can then be posted to a wide audience. According to The Verge, "If there's a capacity limit to the new storage options, Facebook doesn't mention it."

Also in the camera, users will be able to share voice messages as "Voice Posts" thanks to a new audio option. This is another aim at the Indian smartphone user market, since local users will be able to quickly record a voice message and send it to a friend, without Facebook needing to update its app with more native language keyboards.

Lastly, users will gain an ability to archive their favorite Facebook Stories before they disappear after 24 hours. Facebook debuted a somewhat similar feature for Instagram late last year, allowing users to highlight their favorite stories permanently on their main profile as a way to show off their personality to any visitors.

Facebook is also gearing up to launch a major Messenger update, which will introduce a dark mode, customizable chat bubbles, and a simplified user interface into the chat app. Facebook revealed the update during its F8 conference earlier this month, admitting that Messenger had become cluttered over the last few years and promising that the new update would greatly streamline and simplify the app.

Top Rated Comments

826317 Avatar
38 months ago
Hahahaha. This is the last thing Facebook wants to launch after recent events..
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
38 months ago
NOPE. Go away Facebook!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Future-Proof Avatar
38 months ago
#QuitFacebook
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xavier Avatar
38 months ago
There is no one I trust more with my personal data and photos, than facebook.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brendu Avatar
38 months ago
Hahahahahaha oh Facebook, you so crazy. Only a complete moron would willingly store their photo collection on FB servers. To be honest you have to really need Facebook for monetary purposes or I consider you an idiot for being on FB.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tzm41 Avatar
38 months ago
Was going to say this is dangerous, but then I thought people knew that whatever photo they take / data they share with the Facebook app will somehow get exploited by the company.

Oh wait....
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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