Facebook Messenger Gets Boomerang Support and Selfie Mode

Facebook Messenger Gets Boomerang Support and Selfie Mode

The new Messenger camera modes will be rolling out to all users from this week.

Throughout the year, an average of roughly 20 million people use camera effects for photo and video posts on Messenger, every day.

More precisely, According to Facebook, this time of the year is the app's biggest days in terms of overall messages sent. As well as native support for looping Boomerang videos, there's also a Selfie mode that automatically blurs out the background, and an augmented reality feature that lets you place Messenger's stickers in your photos and videos.

Cheramie Cheung, a product manager at Facebook's Messenger unit, said the new additions were scheduled for a holiday release.

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Facebook Messenger now has five different camera modes: normal, video, text, boomerang and selfie.

The new Selfie Mode for Messenger's camera will give user a software-created portrait effect on the selfies, where the subject of the picture is in focus and the background is blurred.

Those modes are joined by a new set of stickers made for AR. They come just a couple of months after Facebook rolled out a massively redesign that simplified Messenger's aesthetics and experience.

With the new changes, Facebook aims to be popularising its Messenger app, that has over 500 million monthly active users globally. All the conversations of the users are available under the Chats tab. Some new holiday-themed stickers, masks and filters are also being added to Messenger as part of this update, as are augmented reality stickers. Then in the Discover tab users can connect with the businesses and get the latest deals, play Instant Games, book next vacation, follow the news and more.

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