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Meta tests end-to-end encryption for Quest’s VR Messenger app

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Meta has been working on Messenger’s end-to-end encryption (E2EE) features for years and is now starting to test E2EE messages with its Quest VR quest headsets. With the new v40 software update, Meta is testing optional E2EE for one-to-one messaging and calls in VR, according to a blog postthough it’s unclear how many people were included in the test or how to enable the feature if you are.

The test comes along with a number of other notable new features in the v40 update. There are new audio accessibility options, including the ability to adjust the audio balance of the left and right audio channels and a mono audio feature that lets you hear the same audio on the left and right speakers.

You can now also lock individual apps behind a pattern, which can be a useful way to prevent access to apps you don’t want a child to play with. Previously you could only use the whole headset behind a pattern

This is what the new per-app lock pattern feature looks like.
GIF: Meta

Plus, you can now see visuals of more physical keyboards in VR, as long as they’re connected via Bluetooth. This feature first supported the Logitech K830 and Apple’s Magic Keyboard while using a Quest 2 headset, and with v40 you can see images of the Apple Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad, the Logitech K375s, and Logitech MX Keys.

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