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.
In the new camera, you’ll not only get live, interactive filters for your photos and videos, Facebook is introducing “reactive effects” with “dynamic objects” and “style effects” that add things like falling snow or artistic filters as you take photos and videos. They’ll also include masks to put on faces as you frame your shots, with selections representing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Power Rangers, and Wonder Woman as some of the options. Facebook says that you should expect fresh new choices often.
As for Facebook Stories, well, you know what this is. Like Instagram Stories, you get to add photos or videos to a storyline throughout a day to tell…a story. The story lasts for 24 hours and then disappears forever. Like Instagram’s version, you’ll see quick access to your story at the top of the app, along with those you follow on Facebook represented by little circle icons.
Finally, Facebook is including a new Direct sharing option as well. This allows users to send photos or videos only to specific friends or family with precision. Once those photos or videos are viewed once, a person can reply or react before they disappear. Again, like Stories, this isn’t a new idea.
Look for these new features to slowly rollout over the next few weeks.
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