mentioned The New York Times in February that a company Facebook is building a competitor to the Clubhouse product, but there have been questions that remain unanswered, such as what this product looks like or how it works.
However, new screenshots of a Facebook audio product, still in development, show what appears to be a live podcast experience that is an extension of Facebook’s Messenger Rooms, rather than a standalone app experience.
Facebook confirmed that the images were examples of the company’s exploratory voice efforts, but warned that they were not a straightforward product at this time.
The company also said: The details of what the product might look like based on these images would be imprecise, as the features are under development and may differ completely from live products.
The images help explain how Facebook thinks about live audio and where this social experience might fit into the current Facebook app.
Facebook’s Messenger Rooms feature could provide a Clubhouse-style live broadcasting experience in the future.
Photos shared by mobile developer (Alessandro Palozzi) Alessandro Paluzzi, Who has come across live audio developments via Facebook and UI experiences within the code for the Facebook Android app.
Commenting on the images, a company spokesperson said: We have been connecting people through audio and video technologies for many years, and are always exploring new ways to improve that experience for people.
The current beta version of Messenger Rooms allows users to choose the type of room they want in the Zoom via Facebook competitor, which first launched in May.
One of the options provides a private sound room with friends, and the last private video room, while the last option called Live Audio allows the user to start an audio broadcast only to a room full of listeners.
Messenger Rooms supports up to 50 people, but is not designed to provide a general streaming experience.
The Facebook version currently has a Clubhouse-like interface, with speakers displayed at the top of the user list, and listeners listed below the speakers.
“Anyone on Facebook can join the broadcast without having to open Messenger Rooms,” says Palozzi.
#Facebook keeps working on Audio rooms 👀
ℹ️ You will be able to choose between two types of audio rooms: Live Audio or (Private) Audio.
ℹ️ Live Audio rooms can be listened by anyone on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/4QUPIeW3hm
– Alessandro Paluzzi (@ alex193a) March 20, 2021