The Apple Watch is one of the most popular products for Apple to date. And it easily dominates the smartwatch market. But it looks like Facebook is ready to bring on its own competitor in 2022.
The Apple Watch is the definitive leader when it comes to smartwatches. And while Google, and many others, have tried to dethrone Apple, that hasn't happened yet. So what if Facebook gave it a shot?
Facebook, a privacy-last company, is reportedly preparing to sue Apple, a privacy-first company, over the App Tracking Transparency feature that's coming in the spring.
Much to the dismay of its users, WhatsApp was supposed to shove advertisements into the messaging software at the start of 2020. According to a new report, Mark Zuckerberg has temporarily changed his mind about that out of fear of angering regulators and WhatsApp fans.
After adding cross-posting of Instagram Stories to Facebook three and a half years ago, the social networking behemoth is apparently testing a new option that would allow you to cross-post your existing Facebook Story as an Instagram Story with a click.
When Apple launches iOS 13 to the public later this year, the new software will reportedly include a major change for apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
Facebook might be prepping to reintegrate basic messaging functions back into its main mobile app for iPhone and iPad, eight years after separating Messenger into a standalone app.
Facebook is reportedly planning to integrate chats from its three major properties: WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
This was reported Friday by The New York Times. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the report's findings via a written statement to the newspaper.
The different chats should be merged sometime in 2020.
According to sources, Facebook's boss and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recently summoned WhatsApp employees to announce the merging of the company's messagings services.
They balked at the plan, the article reads:
On December 7, employees gathered around microphones at WhatsApp’s offices to ask Mr. Zuckerberg why he was so invested in merging the services. Some said his answers were vague and meandering. Several WhatsApp employees have left or plan to leave because of Mr. Zuckerberg’s plans, the people said.
If Facebook proceeds with the plan, customers will be able to start a chat with another user irrespective of whether they're on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or Instagram. As an example, a Messenger user could start chatting with a friend of Instagram, or vice versa. In another instance, a WhatsApp user would be able to chat directly with a contact on Instagram.
From the article:
By stitching the apps’ infrastructure together, Mr. Zuckerberg wants to increase the utility of the social network, keeping its billions of users highly engaged inside its ecosystem. If people turn more regularly to Facebook-owned properties for texting, they may forgo rival messaging services, such as those from Apple and Google, said the people, who declined to be identified because the moves are confidential.
Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp will remain separate apps: the company will not merge them into a unified mega-app for chatting.
This integration would include end-to-end encryption to protect communications as the messages are transmitted between the three different chat services.
It was however unclear at post time how this would work in practice considering that people go by their real name on Facebook versus the anonymity that Instagram and WhatsApp provide.
Today, WhatsApp requires people to register only a phone number to sign up for the service. By contrast, Facebook and Facebook Messenger ask users to provide their real identities. Matching Facebook and Instagram users to their WhatsApp handles could give pause to those who prefer keeping their use of each app compartmentalized.
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