Facebook F8 2018, the annual social network developer conference, is about to start in San Jose, California. Here is a preview of what is expected: from data security to virtual reality.
Facebook F8 2018, the annual social network developer conference, is about to start in San Jose, California and will take place from 1 to 2 May. There will probably be many announcements regarding Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), video games and, of course, data security: a problem Facebook is still fighting, after trying to regain the trust of users following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook F8 2018, preview
The F8 Facebook conference largely aimed at software developers, whose work is based on data collected by Facebook, so the ghost will inevitably be how the company thinks it will go ahead after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Only a few weeks have passed since Mark Zuckerberg spent two days answering questions on data security at the US Congress and the social network still has many questions to solve.
Facebook F8 2018 the Keynote of Zuckerberg
The Zuckerberg keynote to the F8 Facebook 2918 will be listened to carefully by everyone, although it could include many of the points already addressed by Zuckerberg at the American Congress.
The head of security Alex Stamos will hold a presentation entitled "Security on a Facebook scale" on the first day of the conference.
Facebook F8: the announcement of Oculus go
likely that Facebook will release on the Facebook F8, Oculus Go, an autonomous VR viewer.
The display should be sold for $ 199 (in the United States), a sharp decrease from the current price of $ 400 expected for Oculus Rift. The new Oculus go viewer will, however, be aimed at stationary use, or sitting, unlike the Oculus Rift, which supports the detection of position and therefore of movement.
The Oculus Go viewer should be similar to the Samsung Gear VR. The device was announced in October for the first time and the launch was planned "at the beginning of 2018".
There may also be many other great announcements regarding VR and AR technology.
There are at least nine events focused on virtual reality and augmented reality programmed during the F8 Facebook, including "Lessons from the frontier of VR social" and "Creation of cutting-edge AR experiences".
In February, Facebook's vice president of AR and VR, Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, also alluded, on Twitter, that this could be Facebook's biggest year in relation to virtual reality.
Facebook F8 2018: Facebook Spaces
We can also expect a complete update and a roadmap from the team behind Facebook Spaces, the first official virtual reality app of the company, which was announced last year's F8 edition and should be supported by Oculus Go.
Facebook F8 2018: video games
Even video games and mobile games have a considerable weight in the program of events planned for the Facebook F8.
"Join the Instant Games team and one of our most successful developers to learn how to build, grow and monetize games for a new generation of mobile players," reads a panel description.
All news on video games will probably be linked to the new Facebook content creation platform, based on Facebook Live, geared towards professional players. In addition to funding the individual video game streamer, Facebook also introduced live tips and paid subscriptions as possible sources of revenue for streamer this year.
Facebook F8 2018: Messenger and WhatsApp
Messenger and WhatsApp, the twin messaging platforms of Facebook, now boast over 1 billion users each.
David Marcus, the Messenger manager, was a fixture in the latest Facebook F8 events and, with Messenger taking off, it is likely that this year he will also be speaking from the stage.
Facebook F8 2018: videos
Facebook is investing a lot of resources on its original video series for its Watch channel.
We do not yet know much and unclear if Facebook says more about the original video productions, but Zuckerberg focuses on all those tools that encourage group viewing of videos, rather than videos in news feeds generated by random users.
Facebook F8 2018: Building 8
Facebook impressed last year with futuristic projects from its Building 8 test lab.
Since then, the head of Building 8, Regina Dugan, has left Facebook. The company said that Building 8 will not disappear, but it will be interesting to see how long the experimental group will have on the Facebook F8 stage.
Facebook F8: other ads
Taking a look at the program, there could also be great announcements on many other initiatives, from Newsfeed to Artificial Intelligence.