Facebook has launched a series of new apps in the past two months. Here is an overview of them.
Few of the apps launched by Facebook are in response to improving communication while being contained and socially distant.
Venue is an interactive platform to a second screen experience to live broadcasts. Along with bringing together fans and expert commentators such as journalists, current or former athletes, or aspiring ‘fan-analysts’, the app also connects fans who share their love for the sport, team, or rivalry.
Venue’s first sports partner is NASCAR, they are one of the first sports to return to live-action in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Venue is available on iOS and Android in the United States.
Collab is an invite-only beta app, that allows users to collaborate and create music and original videos together.
Add your recording, create your own arrangement, or discover an arrangement to complete your composition. Mix and match the piece with your collaborator, and share it to Instagram, Facebook, or any other platform. To request access, one has to sign up for the waitlist.
Messenger Rooms will let a host create a room for video communication and invite users with a shareable link and control who can join.
Users will soon be able to also create and joins rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp & Portal, and also hold up to 50 people with no time bounds. Presently, users can start a room from Facebook or Messenger.
The creator of a room can also invite people who do not have a Facebook account. The host can also share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups, and Events.
CatchUp facilitates calling and group calling at convenient times. A user can toggle ‘Ready to Talk’ to indicate they are available, so friends or family can connect with them. Users can also coordinate or join group calls with the app.
The new version of Hobbi, an app that lets users document and share hobbies, has been introduced. Users can save photos in collections, capture their progress of activities such as DIY, arts, fitness, cooking, fitness, and more.
With the new updates, users can add friends and family to their activities, enabling them to see regular updates or give feedback. Users can now also add notes, doodles, and links.
Tuned is a new app designed just for couples. The app is outlined to create a private space for them, where they can share their mood, exchange music, and build a digital scrapbook.
Users can interact with notes, voice messages, cards, custom stickers, and music. They can also build a shared scrapbook to capture and react to artifacts(memories) of the relationship.
All apps listed here (except Messenger Rooms) are NPE(New Product Experimentation). These apps are experimental in nature and subject to change.