Facebook has been adding a ton of new features to its Messenger application over time to attract more patrons. With a new update to the app, it does look like the social media giant is eager to remind people that the video-chatting feature in the Messenger app is something you can actually use since most users seem to prefer other social apps for video-calls.
Now, with a whole new set of filters, masks, and video reactions to video-chats in Messenger, Facebook is aiming to ship an extra enjoyable experience to the younger audience and shore up the user base as opposed to other competing video-chat apps.
To get the animation reaction while on a video call, the user can choose one of the many Facebook’s customary reactions (love, ‘wow’, ‘haha’, angry, and sad) and the selected one will animate on screen.
Moreover, the service introduces stylistic filters that give your video footage that extra special touch. With this feature, you get to choose from a bunch of Snapchat-like filters that even react to your facial movements in the messenger, and test what each looks like before letting others see it.
Facebook is also bringing in augmented reality masks to video-chats, allowing customers pick from a range of masks. Other features that have been added to the Facebook Messenger include effects like falling hearts and twinkling stars that behave like masks and stay on the screen for the duration of the chat unless you disable them or switch to another one.
Along with the filter updates, Messenger is now making it simpler for its users to take screenshots during their video-chat with a separate button devoted for the very purpose. You can simply tap on that button to capture a screenshot in both one-on-one video call or even in a group video chat instead of fumbling with multi-button combos.
The introduction of these new and rather goofy filters will most likely give Facebook Messenger a shot at capturing the eye of young customers, although this new approach might miff some users who just need a simple way of chatting with their Facebook associates.