Facebook Messenger Gains Augmented Reality and Translations
Facebook today announced several new features headed to its Facebook Messenger service. First up is augmented reality in the Messenger platform. Moving forward, brands will be able to add their own AR camera effects to their Messenger experience. Facebook says this will help people gain immediate and useful feedback about their Messenger interactions. Developers will be able to add these experiences, offer product walkthroughs, and more. The Messenger platform also adopts M Translations. This tool will let buyers and sellers in the Facebook Marketplace communicate across languages thanks to translation suggestions surfaced within their conversations. At launch, this will allow an English speaker to converse more easily with a Spanish speaker via Facebook Messenger (and vice versa), with real-time translations during Messenger conversations. Facebook is testing this feature in the U.S. and hopes to roll it out gradually over the new few weeks.
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Aug 8, 2018
Facebook today added a lighthearted feature to its Messenger app: the ability to challenge friends to games. The games are augmented reality, meaning they add content over what's in the viewfinder.
Jan 24, 2018
Apple today previewed iOS 11.3, a system update that will give iPhone owners with a significant number of new tools and features. First up, iOS 11.3 provides iPhone users with more control over their handset's battery performance.
Aug 29, 2017
Google today introduced ARCore, a software developer kit that will bring augmented reality to existing and future Android smartphones without the special hardware required by Project Tango. Google says it built ARCore on the foundation set by Project Tango, but has tweaked it in a way the will allow most devices to run AR apps and content.
May 1, 2018
Facebook today made a significant number of additions to its platform that will lead to more features for end users over time. For example, a new tool will allow Facebook users to post to their Facebook Stories directly through third-party apps.
So much for the overhaul