Facebook F8 2019: From data privacy to blockchain, here's everything Mark Zuckerberg may announce today
The season of developer conferences is upon us. On April 30, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg would take the centre stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California at the company's annual two day developers' conference - the F8 2019 -- to talk about the future of Facebook.
During his keynote, the Facebook founder is expected to talk about the products that his company would be focussing on in the company year. This would include products including Blockchain and updates to augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and Oculus. Apart from this, Zuckerberg is also likely to talk about the company's focus on privacy - something that has been a pain point for the social media giant since last year when a series of scandals and data breaches jolted the company.
Besides this, he also likely to talk about the interoperatability of Facebook products including the Messenger, Instagram and Facebook's main platform - a key area that the Facebook chief executive has talked about in his blog posts earlier this year.
Needless to say that the two-day F8 2019 is going to be a big event and it would set a tone as to what we should expect from the company in the coming one year.
In case you have booked a ticket to the San Jose valley, great. But if you haven't here's how you can watch Mark Zuckerberg's keynote sitting in your drawing room.
How to watch F8 2019 keynote
Facebook would be livestreaming Zuckerberg's keynote and other important announcements from a website dedicated to the F8 2019 tonight. All you need to do is tune your personal computers to the F8 website at 10:30PM (IST), put on your headphones and listen to what the Facebook founder has to say about the company's future plans. Alternatively, you can also click here to watch the live stream.
What to expect from F8 2019
A major data scandal (Cambridge Analytica scandal), several data breaches and a privacy debacle later, Facebook's focus is likely to be high on privacy. In addition to this, we should hear more about its Blockchain dreams a year the company shuffled its top executives to make room for a brand new division under its wing. But that's not the only thing that is on the menu this year.
Here are our expectations:
Privacy, data security and AI: Like I said before, privacy is likely to take the centrestage at F8 this year. In addition to this data security is also likely to be the talk of the town this year. Earlier this month Facebook announced that the company had accidentally stored passwords of millions of Instagram and Facebook users in plain text. Its latest 'accident' coupled with what transpired last year leaves a lot of room for the company to improve and strengthen its platform. And so F8 2019 would be the perfect platform for Facebook to show how it intends to fix the issues at hand.
In addition to this, we also expect the company to announce improvements to its artificial intelligence that forms a critical half of its workforce that takes down harmful content from its platform. Other than this, we might also hear about Facebook's plans of increasing interoperatability of its sister apps.
AR, VR and Oculus: Last year at F8 2018, Facebook announced its VR-based device - the Oculus Go. This year the company is expected to announce updates to the device. CNET reports that Facebook could announce the Oculus Quest and the PC-powered Oculus Rift S at the event. In addition to this, the Menlo Park, California based tech giant could also show that it is still focussed on augmented reality.
Messenger and Instagram: Both Facebook Messenger and Instagram are two of the most important products offered by the company and their growth numbers have ensured they remain important to the company. And so it is possible that company could annouce major updates to the user interface of these platforms.
As far as Messenger is concerned, we might finally get a clarity on the company's plans of intergrating the platform back to the company's main app.
Blockchain: Last year Facebook created a separate department within its organisation to focus on Blockchain. This year at F8 2019, it is possible that we would finally get to know what the team has been up to in past one year.