Facebook Adds Augmented Reality Games to Messenger
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. People can challenge up to six friends to compete at a time. One person initiates the game and the others receive notifications asking them to join. The first two games available in Messenger are Don't Smile and Asteroid Attack. Facebook says it will add more games over time. The AR games are available for free in the latest version of Facebook Messenger for Android and iOS.
Facebook Messenger Gains Augmented Reality and Translations
May 1, 2018
Facebook today announced several new features headed to its Facebook Messenger service. First up is augmented reality in the Messenger platform.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Mar 9, 2017
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
Facebook Seeks to Improve Bots for People, Brands, and Developers
Apr 18, 2017
Facebook today announced major changes to its Messenger platform that should make bots easier to find and use. To start, Messenger now includes a Discover tab where people can recall recently used bots, as well as use a free-form search field to seek out new bots.
Facebook Messenger Adds PayPal as Funding Source for Peer-to-Peer Payments
Oct 20, 2017
Facebook Messenger and PayPal today made it possible for people to use their PayPal account as a source of funds when paying friends and family. Facebook Messenger has supported P2P payments for some time now, but previously required people to rely on their debit card for funds.
Instant Games on Facebook Messenger Begins Broad Roll Out
May 2, 2017
Facebook today said the Instant Games it announced last month are now available to Facebook Messenger users around the world. Instant Games on Facebook Messenger rely on AI-assisted bots that can play turn-by-turn games with single players, as well as help challenge others to games via Messenger.