Technology Facebook will let you turn Messenger Rooms into live broadcasts
Facebook expands Portal group calls to 50 people
Facebook is ramping up its battle against Zoom by bringing more video calling features to its Portal devices. You’ll be able to hold video calls with up to 50 people following today’s addition of Messenger Rooms. Until now, group calls on Portal have been limited to eight people via Messenger and four through WhatsApp. As you’re able to do on the likes of Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams, you have the option to blur whatever's going on behind youAs you’re able to do on the likes of Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams, you have the option to blur whatever's going on behind you while you’re on a call. On Messenger or Messenger Room calls, you can add dynamic background scenes through the Portal Spaces option.
Facebook is adding yet another way for users to live stream. Messenger Rooms, the social network’svideo conferencing service, will soon support live broadcasts, Facebook announced.
The feature is similar to ones offered by other services,, and could come in handy as more people turn to Facebook for virtual events.
With the update, the room’s creator will have the option to broadcast the call directly to a Facebook page, profile or group and allow friends or followers to tune in as they would any other live stream. The feature, which will support groups of up to 50 participants, marks a significant expansion of Facebook’s multi-person live video capabilities.
Facebook adds security to Messenger with Face ID unlock option
Facebook has begun rolling out additional security features for its dedicated chat application, Messenger, that will make it essentially impossible for anyone to read your conversations in the app -- even if you give someone your phone. Facebook describes this feature, called App Lock, as giving users "the confidence to know that if a friend or family member needs to borrow your phone, they won't be able to access your chats."In recent years, facial recognition technology has made it virtually impossible for smartphones to be accessed by anybody but their owners. The problem remaining then is that once a device is unlocked, all content and information on the phone can be snooped through by anybody.
The update comes as Facebook hason live streaming capabilities during the coronavirus pandemic. The social network has also enabled streamers to charge for access to live events and plans to let Instagram influencers in live streams.
The Messenger Rooms feature is beginning to roll out now “in some countries,” and will expand to other areas “soon,” according to Facebook. The live streaming feature will be available on the web-based version of Messenger Rooms to start, but will eventually be added to the company’s mobile and desktop apps as well.
WhatsApp: Four new features of the messenger available - another one will be added soon .
WhatsApp works continuously on the development and optimization of its messenger. Four further new functions are now available to users. © Provided by Finanz.net GmbH Thomas Lohnes / Getty Images New functions on WhatsApp now available On Facebook's WhatsApp, with around two billion users the most popular chat app in the world, four new features are now available. These were announced on July 9th by WhatsApp. Until now, however, it was unknown when they would be made available to the public.