Facebook launches three new India-first features, here are the details

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The tools may persuade people in regions outside of North America, Europe and Asia to use Facebook Stories more often.

All of these new features, including voice posts, are already available for users in India, with Facebook planning a global rollout "shortly after".

In both cases, the goal is to give users a way to privately save photos in a way that's tied to their Facebook account rather than their phone's local storage.

Only the user can see photos that are saved to Facebook's Camera and stored on the cloud. He was referring to Alexa, Google Home, and other smart home speakers, but it seems Facebook heard him as well, as the platform is gearing up to introduce voice posts for Stories.

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Though the waving of the phone could not be avoided, this new feature will certainly reduce the time of waiting before you can actually start to enjoy your meal. From Facebook Lite to Messenger Lite, Facebook's focus has been on optimising its platform for the masses which have low-end phones with slower networks and lesser storage. The updates are meant to help users share more on Facebook, while also making sure that Facebook Stories continues to grow its number of users.

The three new features mostly revolve around Facebook's camera app which is baked into its main app. "The important thing that we've learnt from WhatsApp is that voice messaging is an increasingly popular way for people to communicate when they don't want to type up messages". The company now lets users save photos and videos for later viewing, upload Voice Posts and archive Stories to "re-live those memories". Usually, Stories delete themselves after 24 hours, but you'll be able to prevent that from happening for the Stories you value most. "People thus want to keep these works of art and keep them for a longer time than a day", he added.

The next new feature is that images captured using the Facebook camera can now automatically be uploaded to the Facebook cloud. Facebook will give users the option of also turning off the archive so that the Stories are not saved. You can also reshare them as a story or post it on News Feed.

You'll need to tap the Archive button (looks like a small clock) that is located in the Stories section above your News Feed. So if it can build the Stories feature with these users in mind, Facebook has an even better shot at getting them to become regular users of Stories. Nevertheless, he said: "These are features that are rolling out first in India but eventually they will be broadly available".

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