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Messenger adds Boomerang, Selfie mode with background blur, and AR stickers for photos and videos

Facebook Messenger is borrowing a couple of features from its other family of mobile apps in its latest update. The new update brings a revamped camera on Facebook Messenger, inspired by Facebook’s own Instagram app. The update introduces Instagram’s Boomerang looping videos, as well as a new Selfie mode which blurs out the background much like Portrait Mode.

The new modes also come with a redesigned camera UI inspired by Instagram — now allowing users to easily switch between the different video modes: normal, video, text, boomerang, and selfie.

Arguably more exciting, however, is the addition of support for AR stickers. Augmented reality features are hardly a new thing for Facebook, but until now it has not been possible to use a sticker as an AR element. You just need to tap the camera icon next to a sticker and you will be able to integrate it into a scene.

Messenger has 1.3 billion monthly active users — still more than Instagram, as of the last count, though the latter is better known as the place to post videos and photos.

According to The Verge, the new camera modes are rolling out to a majority of global users starting today.


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