Facebook threatens demise of the smartphones at F8 Conference

Facebook brings Augmented Reality to Billions of People

Mark Zuckerberg wants to change the way we use cameras on our smartphones. The CEO of the world’s largest social platform, Facebook, announced his plan to bring Augmented Reality to billions of people. At a recently held annual F8 Developer Conference by Facebook Team, the company showcased the future belongs to Augmented Reality.

The Social Network giant made a bunch of announcements that will affect the apps Billions of us use, daily – Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. It is no secret that Facebook has been cloning SnapChat’s features in their family of apps. Over the past months, new additions related to cameras have been seen. With F8’s keynote announcements, the picture is clear why Mark took this road of Augmented Reality. Read on to know more.

What is Augmented Reality?

In layman’s term, Augmented Reality technology overlays digital imagery onto the real world. In technical term, AR is a technology that superimposes system-generated imagery onto users’ view of the real world.

Camera is Everything

One thing is pretty clear, Facebook wants to endorse Augmented Reality features on their family of Apps. Which is why the company has announced a Camera Effects platform for Developers. The camera is now the most important thing on your smartphone. As it will begin empowering new Augmented Reality experiences inside Facebook and its family of apps. Soon your surroundings will become playful with games and new photo filters. And you’ll be submerged in augmented reality using the Facebook app through the camera.

Facebook F8 Keynote

Demise of the Smartphones

The smartphone industry might be on the slow march towards its death. Facebook is trying to create a parallel universe of apps and tools that don’t rely on smartphones. And they would involve Facebook’s family of apps, which is used by billions of people worldwide. Soon you may not be chatting on WhatsApp using your smartphone. Or sharing your Instagram stories using your smartphone. It will take at least a decade to fully play out the stuff Facebook showcased at F8.

During a demo showcase, Facebook’s eventual vision for Augmented Reality can be seen in the form of eyewear. The demo showed that how you could have a virtual screen sitting in your living room. Bigger than your biggest TV. To accelerate the rise of Augmented Reality, the company has doubled down on their Ambitious 10-year plan.

This leads us to the question, if not Smartphones, then, what would be our device for interaction in future? Do you believe this threatens the demise of smartphones? Drop your suggestions below in the comments section. We would love to hear them.

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