Facebook rolls out India-first features for its stories format, voice posts

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Facebook is introducing a slew of updates to its Stories and Camera features, starting with users in India.

Addressing the limited phone storage issues faced by most Indians, Facebook has added a feature that will allow users to save photos and videos for later.

Only the user can see photos that are saved to Facebook's Camera and stored on the cloud. Hayes explained that one reason for this was that in India many users experience low storage on their phone, so it was better to allow the saved videos and photos to be there on Facebook itself. Second, users will be able to share audio-only clips on Stories or to upload audio, along with a photo that was taken previously. He adds that "Voice posts give people a new medium through which to express themselves".

At Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, chief product officer Chris Cox said Stories is on a "path to surpass feeds as the primary way people share things with their friends sometime next year".

The Facebook Camera will now have a new Audio button for Voice Posts. The aim is to make it more attractive to people who can't use Stories the way it is now - and therefore don't use it at all. The updates are meant to help users share more on Facebook, while also making sure that Facebook Stories continues to grow its number of users.

Facebook Facebook Stories Facebook Stories Save option Facebook Stories Archive Facebook Stories Voice Facebook Audio post Facebook Audio message
The Facebook Camera will now have a new Audio button for Voice Posts

Facebook is launching a slew of updates to its Stories feature.

Though the waving of the phone could not be avoided, this new feature will certainly reduce the time of waiting before you can actually start to enjoy your meal. Facebook has also provided a dedicated screen that will appear after the recording is stopped to let you pick a background colour, background photo, text, doodle, or a sticker - matching the theme of your Voice Posts.

These new features will be coming to the Facebook app on Android in the coming weeks. Also, an option to let users manually save their Facebook Stories to their camera roll after sharing was already available. You can go back and view these Stories at any time, or choose to reshare them as a post or story. If you do not want to archive your Stories, you have the option to decline.

It is worth noting here that stories will be archived once they disappear from the Stories section after the standard 24-hour window passes. Nevertheless, he said: "These are features that are rolling out first in India but eventually they will be broadly available".




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