Facebook has rolled out a new in-app camera for its Messenger app that comes with a host of new features like 3D facial masks, photo filters and special effects to name a few. The feature is beginning to roll out to Messenger’s iOS and Android apps now and will be available globally soon.
The company has introduced thousands of stickers, frames, masks and other effects to spice up your plain text messages. “In some ways the camera is now replacing the keyboard. As more people use Messenger in their everyday lives, we wanted to make it faster, simpler and more fun to send photos and videos -so we built the new Messenger camera,” said Peter Martinazzi, Product Manager, Messenger, in a blog post.
The new camera app is prominent at the bottom of your display, making it simple to snap a shot or shoot a video. In order to take a photo, you need to open the camera and just tap, while a long press will record a video. One can also add 3D mask and special effect to the images, a feature seen earlier in Snapchat. There is also a palette button which launches a blank canvas through which you can add stickers and other effects to your text.
The social media giant has also added thousands of stickers, frames, masks and effects that you can choose from, which were designed by artists and influencers all over the world. According to the company, over 2.5 billion emojis, photos, stickers and videos are sent every day on Messenger.