Here's what Facebook's Clubhouse competitor ‘Audio Rooms’ could look like

    The feature, which is still in development, could work inside the Facebook app and independently of the Messenger app, which currently allows users to create video-call style Messenger Rooms with their friends. 
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Mar 24 2021, 01:34 PM IST
    Facebook is already working on a Clubhouse competitor.  
    Facebook is already working on a Clubhouse competitor.   (Joshua Hoehne/Unsplash)
    Facebook is already working on a Clubhouse competitor.  
    Facebook is already working on a Clubhouse competitor.   (Joshua Hoehne/Unsplash)

    Clubhouse, the exclusive social audio app that is currently invite-only is racing against time to bring its Android client to the market before competitors like Facebook, Twitter and Discord. While it looks like Twitter might be ready to launch its Spaces feature next month, reports indicate that Facebook is still working on its own social audio feature, and now we have an idea of what it might look like.

    Read more: Facebook working on Clubhouse-like audio chat rooms

    According to popular leaker Alessandro Paluzzi, who shared screenshots of what Facebook’s upcoming audio feature, Facebook’s ‘Audio Rooms’ might work independently of the Messenger app. The features were likely “enabled” by reverse engineering some of the app’s code, as these features are currently unavailable on the Facebook beta and alpha apps on Android.

    The screenshot shared by Paluzzi shows the option to create an Audio Room under the “What’s on your mind?” post composer window on the Facebook app’s homepage. The button is located on the same bar that shows people’s Facebook Stories, and looks similar to Twitter’s Fleets feature that is currently being tested in the form of a public beta.

    Also read: Clubhouse could take another ‘couple of months’ to arrive on Android

    Tapping on that Create Room button will allow users to select either Live Audio, which is public just like Clubhouse, or Audio for private discussions with friends and family. There’s also a Video option that already exists on Messenger, this lets you create a private room with your friends who can all share their video.

    While we still do not know what the actual interface of Facebook’s Audio Rooms will look like, Paluzzi also shared a screenshot of the interface while minimised, which shows the name of the room, along with how many people are currently speaking as well as how many people are currently in the audience. However, all of these are currently hidden as they are still in development and it is possible that Facebook changes them completely before it is finally released in a stable release in the future.

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    First Published Date: 24 Mar, 01:34 PM IST
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