Facebook announced several new audio features earlier this year and now the platform is introducing a dedicated hub for them. Facebook’s new audio hub will give users quick access to podcasts, live audio rooms, and short clips in the Facebook mobile app.
The social media company has started rolling out the audio hub feature for iOS and Android devices in the United States, according to a report from TechCrunch. All US users aged 18 and over will now be able to see the option. The audio hub is a tab located in the Facebook Watch section. The social media company is also working on audio services, including Soundbits, Podcasts, and Live Audio Rooms.
The Soundbites are said to be “an audio version” of Reels, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The short audio clips feature is currently available in beta in the United States.
Facebook is also developing a podcast discovery tool. As a reminder, Facebook released its live audio rooms, which were in direct competition with Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, in July. The company said all public figures and verified creators can now host live audio rooms, and that’s not limited to US users.
Live Audio Rooms Available in Groups: We’re also launching the ability for Groups on Facebook to host Live Audio Rooms, providing access to a simple, low-pressure way to build engagement with their community. pic.twitter.com/UJGcrZGJX1
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The company also said that all Facebook groups will also be able to host audio chats. Users will also be able to listen to the audio conversations on their PC. For now, the company is testing the possibility of creating audio rooms on Android. The functionality was limited to iOS devices until now.
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