Published: Fri, December 16, 2016
Technology | By Tonya May

Facebook Messenger's new native camera offers Snapchat-like effects

Making the camera more central to the Messenger experience could also help Facebook stay competitive with rival messaging apps, in particular Snapchat, which has images rather than text at its very core.

There are slim chances for someone that uses a smartphone to not have a clue what Facebook Messenger is. Some of these are existing assets that have been available on the Messenger platform, but many are new thanks to partnerships with various artists and influencers around the world. All you have to do is tap it to easily capture a moment or long press to record a video.

Facebook (FB) is taking aim at Snapchat, again, with a huge update to its Messenger app. The camera also comes alongside new art features for writing and drawing directly on your selfies, which are then, of course, shared with other Facebook Messenger users. Now, they can make use of their cameras more by sending videos with added filters or lenses to their friends and family. For starters, the Messenger app now features a camera shutter button front and center.

The Great App-Catchup continues as Facebook as now added camera features to its Messenger app similar to Snapchat.

If you are now a fan of Messenger, it just got better even if Snapchat is already your preferred choice for content of this type.

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In the update, Facebook is adding thousands of more stickers, frames, masks and effects.

By clicking the palette icon by the shutter, the user will be taken to a canvas where they can add art and stickers to their text. The social network is hoping to introduce new content for special occasions and holidays like Easter.

You can download Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android absolutely free.

"Messenger is growing faster right now than we ever have before", Chudnovsky said.

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