Facebook to Launch Cloud Storage Feature for Photos and Videos Taken With In-App Camera

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook today announced three new mobile app features aimed at helping its users better "create and save memories," with a launch in India first and then rolling out to the global community "shortly thereafter" (via The Verge).

    The first feature allows photos and videos taken with Facebook's in-app camera to be saved directly to a user's Facebook account in the cloud, and not onto their device's storage. This is aimed at the India market due to the popularity of cheaper entry-level devices in the country and their inherent storage limitations.

    Image via The Verge

    These pictures and videos will only be visible to the user after they're saved, but can then be posted to a wide audience. According to The Verge, "If there's a capacity limit to the new storage options, Facebook doesn't mention it."

    Also in the camera, users will be able to share voice messages as "Voice Posts" thanks to a new audio option. This is another aim at the Indian smartphone user market, since local users will be able to quickly record a voice message and send it to a friend, without Facebook needing to update its app with more native language keyboards.

    Lastly, users will gain an ability to archive their favorite Facebook Stories before they disappear after 24 hours. Facebook debuted a somewhat similar feature for Instagram late last year, allowing users to highlight their favorite stories permanently on their main profile as a way to show off their personality to any visitors.

    Facebook is also gearing up to launch a major Messenger update, which will introduce a dark mode, customizable chat bubbles, and a simplified user interface into the chat app. Facebook revealed the update during its F8 conference earlier this month, admitting that Messenger had become cluttered over the last few years and promising that the new update would greatly streamline and simplify the app.

    Article Link: Facebook to Launch Cloud Storage Feature for Photos and Videos Taken With In-App Camera
  2. RCS31 macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    Hahahaha. This is the last thing Facebook wants to launch after recent events..
  3. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
  4. tzm41 macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2014
    Boston, USA
    Was going to say this is dangerous, but then I thought people knew that whatever photo they take / data they share with the Facebook app will somehow get exploited by the company.

    Oh wait....
  5. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    Hahahahahaha oh Facebook, you so crazy. Only a complete moron would willingly store their photo collection on FB servers. To be honest you have to really need Facebook for monetary purposes or I consider you an idiot for being on FB.
  6. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I may or may not have laughed at loud at the very idea.

    I am also bemused with how the lead image shows one of those dumb lanterns; the ones that are extremely dangerous to animals and the environment. It's fitting since FB as a whole supports animal cruelty.
  7. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    There is no one I trust more with my personal data and photos, than facebook.
  8. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
  9. erinsarah macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2011
    I'm glad I'm not the only one wondering where these mobile fire pits go once they are launched into space.

    As for the Facebook camera...that's that thing that appears on my phone when I accidentally swipe right on the app, forcing me to swipe left to get back to the news feed?
  10. mattburley7 macrumors 68030

    Oct 13, 2011
    i thought the facebook messenger update was suppose to be out "very very soon" its been like 16 days since it was announced o_O
  11. Dominicanyor macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2012
    I really don’t use Facebook like that anymore. I’m slowly drifting away!!
  12. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    Said no one ever, lol.
  13. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    LOL I would have described the situation with FB Camera exactly the same way.
  14. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    They want to perfect face recognition and this is a really cheap way to do it. Facebook also wants to keep people in their app for as long as possible. I can only imagine how AOL would’ve taken advantage of their near monopoly had the Internet been as ubiquitous as it is today. AOL had no solution for broadband. FB doesn’t seem to be facing any existential threats on the horizon.
  15. mabhatter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    After everything current, you can pretty much assume ANYTHING you load into the Facebook app is collected and never, ever deleted. Every stray camera snap is theirs forever so don’t be naked around it. They never anonymize anything and sell it to the highest bidder. So every voice memo you make is sticking forever even the unsent ones. Until 5 years from now when they show up in some dataset FB sold to politicians and the stuff you “never uploaded” gets out in public.
  16. Ant2369 macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2011
    Oh yeah I would totally trust Facebook after their last disaster
  17. Vasilioskn macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2010
    New York
    The only people that use Facebook are Russian bots and old midnwestern trumptarts
  18. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    One would have thought it would have been their dating service but then this pops up.
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    And those making generalized sensationalistic statements about Facebook use.

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