Facebook has updated its Messenger app with a new camera and some Christmas-themed effects. The upgraded camera is “faster, simpler and more fun,” than previously, says Facebook, in order to meet increasingly visual messaging needs.
The camera button itself now appears at the bottom-center of the app and is available once Messenger is opened, rather than only in the conversation window.
The new features include AR effects, or “3D masks”, which overlay animated content onto videos, as well as “thousands of stickers, frames,” and other effects.
“Over 2.5 billion emojis, photos, stickers and videos are sent every day on Messenger,” said Facebook, in its announcement. “In some ways the camera is now replacing the keyboard.”
Facebook announced the update yesterday, so it should be hitting devices soon. Download Facebook Messenger from Google Play at the link.
November 29, Facebook has rolled out an update which allows users to play classic and current games via Messenger. Tapping the new game controller icon in the app, found below the text box, will bring up a list of the free games for you to play. There are 17 games available currently, from classics like Pac-Man, Galaga and Space Invaders to more recent releases such as Words with Friends: Frenzy.
Android Auto notifications
November 15, Facebook has announced that it has integrated Android Auto support into its Messenger app. While driving an Android Auto-supported vehicle, Messenger will display new message notifications on the screen and users can play the message out loud by tapping the speaker icon. There are also two options for responding: one is to press a button that will send a message such as, “I’m driving right now; contact me later”. The other is to speak the message they want to send, which will then be transcribed and sent to the recipient as text.