Facebook has announced a host of new camera features for its Messenger app, including native support for looping Boomerang videos. There is also a Selfie mode that automatically blurs out the background and an augmented reality feature that lets users place Messenger’s stickers in their photos and videos.
What this means is that Facebook Messenger now has five different camera modes — normal, video, text, boomerang, and selfie — just two months after Facebook announced a big Messenger redesign with a key emphasis on simplicity.
Although Facebook has offered augmented reality effects for a while now (either as selfie masks or world effects), AR stickers are an attempt to pair these effects with the same stickers that can currently be sent through standard text chats. By pressing the camera icon next to a sticker, users can now add that sticker as an augmented reality object.
According to Facebook, Messenger’s new features will become available to a majority of users globally and will be available in both Messenger’s redesigned app and its older version.