Facebook developers have been so busy recently working all round to innovate features to stay on top of its old competitors as well as startups. The team, under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg, is adamant to accomplish their quest to make Facebook app a self-contained ecosystem that offers all sorts of services. But without a competitive tool to take on search giant Google, Facebook’s dream will be futile.
The team, under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg, is adamant to accomplish their quest to make Facebook app a self-contained ecosystem that offers all sorts of services. But without a competitive tool to take on search giant Google, Facebook’s dream will be futile.
The company is already working on AI-powered chatbots in Messenger and the journey continues, with the company reportedly testing an advanced in-built browser in the app to replace its old browser which is seemingly unsatisfying, it is far from a standard browser. Loading a page a user would want to read and following hyperlinks to other sites is all the old browser can do.
The social media powerhouse has therefore taken another step forward to make its dream come to reality by testing a new improved browser for at least a month now, a report stated. The earliest rumor of the product hit the media on December 4. Reports claim this could be a start of a Facebook standalone browser.
Features of the forthcoming browser
The Facebook browser estimates a real browser with only a few features still missing to make it a self-sufficient app like Google Chrome.
First and foremost the browser has a changed design making it more appealing than its predecessor. The improved version has a search bar at the top that allows you insert your own URL in case you want to check some page from within the app, without leaving Facebook. This could be in order to seek clarification on what you were reading on the media or a completely different issue, just like the way you could search anything on Chrome or Mozilla.
At the bottom is a bar that tells how popular a post is. Like the standard Facebook, the under-test browser also has forward and back buttons. Furthermore, it lets you bookmark pages. Finally, the built-in browser has a menu button that includes other features as well. However, the upcoming browser falls behind an out-and-out browser in that it lacks a support tab.
Available for a small number of users
Facebook is testing the feature with selected number of users, unfortunately only iOS users are benefitting. If the browser proves popular to satisfy Facebook’s standards then it might be rolled out in a few months. Otherwise, users will have to wait for a similar product from the company if they reconsider the idea.
Facebook had earlier introduced a feature to stop its users from searching articles outside the app, Instant Articles. This option gives you a faster option to read articles already in your News Feed. Instead of opening your browser to read, which probably takes time, the articles enriched with some interesting features like interactive maps, auto play videos and zoomable pictures are loaded 10 times faster. The beautiful articles would increase sharing thus hosts of websites subscribed to the idea. However, the move seemingly has not done the trick just yet.
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