Facebook Developing Camera App

Facebook Developing Camera App
Nearly two years after killing its Camera app, Facebook is reportedly working on a new stand-alone camera app.

(CCM) — According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Monday, Facebook is developing a new, Snapchat-like, stand-alone camera app. Citing people familiar with the matter, the publication said that the app opens directly to your phone's camera, like Snapchat, and will require just a few steps to record a video or take a photo.

Facebook's "friend-sharing" team in London is working on the app's prototype, and plans to incorporate a way for users to use the app for live streaming. According to these sources, the project is still in its early stages and may not ever see the light of day as a public release. Back in 2012, shortly after acquiring Instagram, Facebook introduced its first Camera app, which offered the ability to crop and add filters to photos. However, the company pulled the app from the App Store in May 2014. Since then, Facebook has incorporated many of the Camera features into its main app.

This is just the latest stand-alone app that Facebook is said to be working on. For years, Facebook has tried to launch separate apps, most from its Creative Labs division, with little to show for it. Slingshot, Rooms, and Rift were all killed last December, when Facebook shut down Creative Labs. The one stand-alone app that has been successful is Messenger, which was ripped from the main Facebook app and has since become its own platform.

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