Sunday 18 February 2018

Facebook's awesome new product 'could be video chat'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Getty Images
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Getty Images

Emma Barnett

Facebook’s product announcement happening today could be the launch of the highly-anticipated video chat feature.

Several technology websites have been making the prediction that a Skype-style service will finally launch on Facebook later today.

Pundits are divided at to whether Facebook has indeed partnered with Skype, which has recently been acquire by Microsoft, or built its own product in-house.

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief teased journalists on a tour of the company’s Seattle office, that the site’s engineers were going to launch “something awesome" this week.

He declined to give more details of the coming release but speculation has been mounting in technology circles for the last few days.

The other suggestions doing the rounds are that Facebook's long-awaited app for Apple's iPad could be finally ready to launch or that the social network will unveil a dedicated photo-sharing app for smartphones.

The 40-strong Facebook Seattle office is the only offshoot away from the company’s Palo Alto headquarters where any engineering or product development for the site happens. The Seattle satellite team have been largely responsible for the company’s mobile site.

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.

A live stream of the one hour-long launch can be watched here and will begin at 6pm UK time from Facebook’s HQ.

So far more than 70,000 Facebook users have signed up to view the feed.

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