Facebook App Gains In-App Camera With Effects, Facebook Stories Too

The Facebook app on Android and iOS is getting a new in-app camera that will give you all of the effects and filter fun you could ever ask for outside of Snapchat. Alongside the new camera, which begins rolling out this week, Facebook is getting Stories and Direct, two similar features to Instagram Stories that represent video and photo collages of your day that can be shared broadly or with select users.  (more…)

Facebook Messenger Now Works With Android Auto

In a new update for Facebook Messenger, the messaging service now works for users of Android Auto, bringing all of your conversations straight to your car’s dashboard.

With the update, once connected to your car or using Android Auto’s new standalone mode, notifications from Messenger will appear, with three options following. Users can have the message read back to them over the speakers, reply with a canned response (“sorry, I’m driving right now”), or dictate a reply.  (more…)

Facebook Messenger Users, You Now 1,500 New Emoji to Play With

An update for Facebook Messenger is completely revamping the emoji experience inside of the communication app, but it’s not just the addition of new emoji that has people excited. According to Facebook, 10% of all messages sent via Messenger include emoji, and considering how many messages are likely sent on the service, that’s a crap ton of emoji.

Inside of the update, FB is bringing 1,500 newly designed emoji to public, including gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis. For multi-colored emoji users, they will get to determine the skin tone they prefer, including dark, pale, or The Simpson’s yellow. For those who prefer female emoji, an entire set of emoji catered for ladies is also available, including a female police officer, female runner, and others.

However, probably most importantly, FB is rolling out a new emoji standard for all users (iOS included), which means no one will be confused by that odd looking smiley face from iPhone users anymore. All emojis, regardless of platform, should look the same. No more emoji confusion! This also includes the times when you are sent an emoji, but your system does not recognize it, leaving you with a blank box. FB wants to cut that experience out completely.  (more…)

Customize Threads With Colors and Emoji on Facebook Messenger With Latest Update

It seems Facebook has been hard at work adding new features into the Messenger app this week, and the latest additions are custom colors and emoji for your individual chats. Now, if you want a custom color for your conversations, you can set a theme from inside of the chat’s settings.

For example, you will normally see the standard blue theme for Facebook, but you can now set red, green, purple, and many other colors as a chat’s theme. A custom theme can be set on each of your conversations, perfect for customizing what you see when talking to different people.  (more…)

Facebook M is a Personal Assistant That Lives in Facebook Messenger

This morning, Facebook’s David Marcus (VP of messaging products) announced that their have started to test a new service within Messenger called Facebook M. M is a “personal digital assistant inside of Messenger” that helps you complete tasks or find information.

In describing the new service, Marcus said that M is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and actual humans, and that it completes tasks “on your behalf,” can purchase items deliver gifts to friends and family, book restaurants, make travel arrangements or appointments, and “way more.”  (more…)