The first two applications from the Facebook NPE Team have been spotted in the wild, but neither is available in the U.S.
The social network formed its NPE Team—the NPE stands for New Product Experimentation—in July, with the aim of creating new consumer-focused apps and features, saying at the time that the purpose behind the initiative was to determine whether people found features useful or engaging, potentially helping to inform its product strategy going forward.
Facebook would not comment on specific apps produced by the Facebook NPE Team.
Bump—available for iOS and Android in Canada and the Philippines—is described in its Google Play Store listing as an app that “makes it easy to start fun, anonymous one-on-one chats with people in your community.”
The app facilitates conversations between people who don’t know each other by enabling them to start with conversation topics chosen by both parties, and conversations are plain text—no images, videos or links.
Users can only participate in one conversation at a time, and there are time limits unless both people in the conversation are actively engaging with each other.
The app appears to be aimed at college students, as one of the screenshots in the Google Play listing is captioned, “Match with someone from your university.”
And Aux, available only on iOS and only in Canada, is described as a “DJ for Your School.”
Sarah Perez of TechCrunch reported that kids and teens join a party in the app daily at 9 p.m., where they choose songs they want to play and compete for the Aux to hear their tracks first.
Perez added that a winner is selected at the end of the night based on the number of claps that are received.