Facebook set to take on Zoom, Clubhouse with new social audio products

Facebook set to take on Zoom, Clubhouse with new social audio products
Facebook is all set to announce a host of social audio products to take on invite-only audio meet app Clubhouse and video conferencing platform Zoom. The likely products, to be unveiled on Monday (US time), are an audio-only version of video conferencing product Rooms, a Clubhouse-like audio chat product, a podcast discovery product that will be connected with Spotify and another product that will let Facebook users record brief voice messages and post them in their newsfeeds, according to Vox. According to the report released on Sunday, it was still unclear when Facebook will make these products available to the public and some products may only be announced in beta version. Earlier reports mentioned that Facebook was working on building its own social audio app like Clubhouse. The product was "in its earliest stages of development" and the "project's code name could change," according to the reports. The news came after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined Clubhouse in February and participated in a chat about the future of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). When the video chat platform Zoom became popular last year, Facebook quickly created Rooms, a group video chat service. As the invite-only audio chat app Clubhouse gains popularity, Facebook has launched another experiment called Hotline that is a mashup of Instagram Live and Clubhouse. The feature under test allows creators to speak to an audience who can then ask questions through either text or audio, reports TechCrunch. "However, unlike Clubhouse, creators can opt to turn their cameras on for the event, instead of being audio-only," said the report. At present, users can type in their questions, then join the host "on stage," when it's their turn. The guests are represented by their profile icon and are audio-only when on stage. Twitter is also working on a Clubhouse competitor called Spaces, which is in beta development.

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