Even if there is a sustainable market for live video on mobile devices, Facebook is late to the fight.
Meerkat and the Twitter-owned Periscope launched earlier this year and have dominated, along with YouTube, the market that is quietly dwindling. Facebook’s new live video feature, as expected, broadcasts live video from your phone for the world to see. It will be embedded within the Update Status toolset, allowing quick access. Broadcasts show which friends are tuning in, the amount of live viewers, and a real-time stream of comments. When finished, broadcasts are saved and published to your timeline; however, they can be deleted if things went awry and you don’t want to relive the moment.
Facebook is currently testing live video with a small percentage of users with iPhones located in the United States.
Collages are another feature that Facebook unveiled today. The social network wants users to easily create
albums collages from sets of photographs taken on your phone:
We’re also introducing a new way to share experiences captured with your phone’s camera by grouping photos and videos that were taken together into a scrolling, moving collage. Whether you’re on a weekend trip, at a concert or just hanging out with friends, collages are a great way to share with friends and family who aren’t there with you.
It seems similar to Facebook’s existing Moments app.
Facebook users with Android devices will have to wait until early 2016 to start assembling collages while those with iPhones are seeing the feature rolled out today.