Facebook announces India specific update to its users for stories

Facebook announces India specific update to its users for stories

The social network has also said that an archive feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks which will let users save the Facebook Stories they want to preserve. Facebook revealed that people were using creative workarounds to share through audio already like covering their phone camera with their finger when taking a video and just recording the audio to share.

The first upcoming feature will allow users to save photos and videos to their account in the Facebook cloud.

In a briefing with select media houses (including Gadgets Now), Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook Stories said that only those photos and videos taken from the Facebook camera can be saved on this platform.

Facebook does not mention if there is a storage limit for unshared photos, but we can go ahead and assume that there isn't. This new feature is somewhat similar to Instagram Stories archive, which was made available past year, as pointed out by MacRumors. You can also archive Stories privately in your account. For some people, photos and text are not the most effective way to communicate.

If you use both features in tandem, you can take pictures of your exciting life events, save them in Facebook's archives until you have a quiet moment to post them, and then save them into a permanent archive. Voice posts, which are also being introduced, give people a new medium through which they can express themselves. Instead of starting a post from the camera, people will be able to record an audio clip and simply add a colored background (and maybe some emoji). Since voice posts work in a similar fashion as stories, it will disappear after 24 hours.

In terms of availability, Facebook is introducing this option on its Android app only and there is no word on when the company will bring this feature on to its iOS app.

It means that users don't have to type to upload a voice post, making it easier than ever to upload to Facebook Stories.

You'll need to tap the Archive button (looks like a small clock) that is located in the Stories section above your News Feed.

It makes sense that these new features are rolling out to India first, as they appear to mostly be geared towards developing markets where flagship smartphones are either unaffordable or non-existent. With the archive, users will be able to relive their memories and re-share them as well if they wish to do so.