Facebook Is Developing Its Standalone Camera App With Focus On Live Streaming

Ali Salman
Posted Apr 25, 2016
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Facebook loves integrating new tools in its app, from Reactions to live streaming efforts, there’s a lot going on within the company’s research centers. While the company always has room for more, a new report suggests that Facebook is currently working hard on building its very own standalone camera app. This camera app will have a huge selling point for those who live stream their content.

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Facebook Developing Its Own Standalone Camera App For Live Streaming

Since, Facebook’s efforts for live streaming are still underway, the standalone camera app would deem to provide assistance according to the company. It could be possible that Facebook wants to integrate tools that are not capable through the stock smartphone camera apps and having a dedicated standalone app could open more possibilities in live video streaming.

The report was published by The Wall Street Journal, suggesting that a London-based “friend-sharing” team is currently working on the standalone camera app. Moreover, it is also suggested that a working prototype of the camera app has also been developed. Generally, upon launching the app, the user will be automatically directed to the camera mode to take a photo or video and begin live streaming easily.

“A prototype of the app developed by Facebook’s “friend-sharing” team in London opens to a camera, similar to disappearing photo app Snapchat, the people said. Another planned feature allows a user recording video through the app to begin live streaming, they added.”

Facebook has previously experimented with camera apps that provide self-destructing content such as the Slingshot app. The app featured Snapchat-like properties that disappeared shared photos and videos after 24 hours. However, the app did not get enough traction so it was dropped. The new standalone app would adhere to features slightly different from the rest, for instance the live streaming “mode.” This would definitely be a plus for folks who use the the company’s live video streaming feature.

 

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The live streaming option in Facebook is a big part of the the company’s ecosystem and hearing about more standalone apps coming out definitely makes more sense. Till now, the company has immense experience in developing camera apps for smartphones. Even though some didn’t turn out to be a huge success, probably the company will eliminate all the negative aspects associated with them and its new camera-first app with focus on live streaming.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the matter? Will Facebook’s upcoming standalone camera app prove itself worthy? Let us know in the comments.

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