Since Augmented Reality is the much loved feature in social apps, Facebook Messenger is introducing “group effects,” which will allow everyone on a video chat to have the same augmented reality experience at the same time.
Facebook says that the effects are already available in Messenger video calls as well as Messenger Rooms, the service’s Zoom-like videoconferencing function, and will soon be available on Instagram.
At launch, there are more than 70 group effects accessible, including a game in which users compete to create a virtual burger and another in which a virtual orange cat photobombs the call.
Basically, It is a change from the service’s previous augmented reality capabilities, which typically only apply to one person at a time. From the end of the month, developers will be able to create additional group effects using Facebook’s Spark AR API.
Facebook also unveiled some new features for its chat services this month. When a certain phrase is spoken, new “word effects” will allow iOS Messenger users (and ultimately Android users) to activate an animation in a discussion.
In August, for example, the firm demonstrated how texting the words “Happy Birthday!” could be programmed to cause the party popper emoji to shoot up the screen. There are also new “Soundmojis” to go along with No Time to Die, as well as chat themes and Halloween artwork for Messenger conversations and Instagram direct messages.
Source: The Verge
Facebook had been innovating well during the past few years. It has been speculated that the just turned $1 Trillion company’s name may be changed soon The company also added an Expert Feature in Facebook group that will help users to share expert opinions.
Apart from adding AR features, the company is also in works to launch a smartwatch which will be something unorthodox from what we see in a typical smartwatch. It is reported that Facebook Smartwatch will have two cameras.
To experience Group Effects, launch the Messenger app, make a video conversation, press the smiling face to reveal the effects menu, and then choose Group Effects.
Group Effects enables artists to include their creative ideas into the platform’s video calling experience. Many of the AR effects were either standalone or enhanced a picture or video of Stories or Reels.