Facebook app accidentally reveals today’s F8 dev conference announcements
A little later on today, Facebook is set to start streaming its presentation from the F8 dev conference, revealing some of the next big projects to come from the social media giant. While we could wait patiently to learn what’s going to be announced, the cat may already be out of the bag, as users report receiving premature notifications from the conference’s official app that name a few of the topics on today’s agenda.
Making reference to a hands-on demo area, this notice was presumably intended to go out immediately following today’s announcements, but instead was inadvertently triggered overnight. It names three distinct elements we expect to be confirmed in just another couple hours: Parse for the internet of things, Messenger as a platform, and a mysterious “teleportation station.”
Parse is a framework for building mobile apps, and its expansion into the growing IoT market makes a lot of sense. The idea of souping-up Messenger is one that’s been rumored for a little while now, and today’s announcement is expected to reveal new ways for devs to interact directly with Messenger, rather than treating as a Facebook add-on. Supposedly, Facebook will take a lot of inspiration from popular Asian chat apps WeChat and Line; specifically, providing tools for making purchases and offering access to verified feeds from companies and celebrities could be features there.
As for that teleportation station, the best guess at the moment is something to do with the Oculus Rift. Maybe a rich software experience will allow users to “teleport” themselves to exotic locales. Maybe we’ll even see the debut of new hardware. We’ve heard some other, slightly more blasé theories for what it could mean, so that may just be wishful thinking.
We’ll update this post following Facebook’s announcements to let you know how close this leak came to revealing everything.
Update: The Messenger platform and that IoT effort are confirmed. No next-gen Oculus, though.