Facebook’s mobile apps come with a built-in camera where users can take photos on the spot share them. This is versus a slightly longer route where you snap a photo with your phone’s camera, save it, then go to Facebook or Messenger to share it. It’s not particularly inconvenient but we suppose a built-in camera does save users a step or two.
However having a built-in camera isn’t enough apparently. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, word on the street is that Facebook is developing a standalone camera app. The app is still in its early stages and is said to be developed by Facebook’s “friend-sharing” team in London.
While details of the app is scarce, it is supposed to function a bit like Snapchat where the app will launch to the camera straightaway, and will come with features like live streaming meaning that through the app, users can upload live video streams instead of going through the default Facebook app. Apparently the idea is to encourage users to post more photos and videos on Facebook.
It seems that while more people are on Facebook these days, sharing photos, videos, and updating statuses are on the decline, and while a Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment on the app, she did state that overall level of sharing on Facebook has maintained its strong levels.