Hayes adds that Facebook is adding this feature in order to "help people share and connect with their friends and family on Facebook in ways that are authentic to them".
Users who shoot photos or videos using the in-app Facebook Camera will be able to access these new cloud storage features. Only photos and videos taken with the Facebook Camera can be saved on the Facebook cloud. If you have, then you might be glad to know that Facebook is launching a Save option, so you can do your story now and post it later.
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Facebook is adding an Audio option in the Facebook Camera to share voice messages. This new feature is somewhat similar to Instagram Stories archive, which was made available past year, as pointed out by MacRumors. Now, it looks like the company may have a new strategy to do just that. That's why Facebook's option for users to save images directly into their accounts rather than on their device, will be appealing to some. Facebook's Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, showcased the new features to members of the media in India via a video conference. "For a lot of people, audio is a very important way for them to express themselves and communicate", said Hayes. Since voice posts work in a similar fashion as stories, it will disappear after 24 hours.
Facebook is interestingly bringing its Voice Posts feature first to Facebook Lite users, though Android users on the regular Facebook app will see its availability in the coming months.
The updated Stories also supports voice posts with a custom background instead of text, so you won't have to type to upload a voice post. Users can go back and view these Stories at any time, or choose to reshare them as a post or story. Under this feature, the stories are archived after they disappear after 24 hours.
This is significant not just because Facebook's making a Stories feature that doesn't rely on the camera, but because audio messages are already incredibly popular in India and many other countries.
Facebook hasn't released any user numbers for its Stories product, which launched in mid-2017, beyond saying that the figures are "encouraging".