Facebook F8 Conference: What to Expect Where to Watch It

SiliconANGLE will be covering the event starting with Zuckerberg's keynote at 10 a.m. PDT Tuesday. In 2014, for instance, it unveiled an ad network, called Audience Network, and in 2015, it opened up Messenger to developers so they could start building features inside the standalone app.

Africa's top Facebook developers and partners set to showcase products and solutions to the global market at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference which takes place in San Jose, California on 18 and 19 April. Last year's F8 conference focused on the Messenger app and 360 cameras that could be used for virtual reality videos. Facebook's F8 will be sharing with developers its vision for new technology. While not too much has been announced about the show so far, here's everything we expect to see.

"If you think about it, Facebook's mission has always been around community and communication and online social activities", Blau said. The social network is expected to launch a few new Messenger features during this year's conference, including new chat bots for group conversations.

This one could be pretty helpful for Instagram users with spotty internet connections. As of December, Facebook had 1.74 billion monthly active users on mobile alone. 80% of the community is outside of the United States, and as our platform grows, Instagram must perform across an increasing variety of devices and networks to keep people connected. But over the weekend, the company came under intense criticism for allowing a video of a murder posted on Facebook to be viewed for several hours before pulling it off. Facebook has made video the foundation of its service and the advertising that brings in billions of dollars a quarter. After controversial Oculus founder Palmer Luckey left the company last month, it would make sense for Facebook to highlight its continuing commitment to VR and Oculus Rift.

"AR is going to help us mix the digital and physical in all new ways, and that will make our physical reality better", said a chipper Zuckerberg, outlining a range of technologies the company had developed to enable augmented reality experiences that go beyond simple Snapchat-style animated filters. There's been whispers about brain scanning, drone-related hires, augmented reality, and even an "early-stage medical device".

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