Facebook views this as an extension of "visual messaging" that also includes emojis, of which it said people share nearly 1.7 billion a day, and animated GIFs, 18 billion of which were shared previous year in Messenger.
Here's what you need to know about the new features in Facebook Messenger. The social media giant said that the new features would deepen connections between people and businesses. The AR camera effects platform will also enable users to try out filters directly from their friends' Stories, so if they see something they haven't seen before, they can see who made it and follow the account.
The feature is launching in closed beta, and Facebook announced a handful of major brands using it: ASUS, Kia, Nike and Sephora.
The other newly announced feature, M translations, is expected to reduce the language barrier in order to help businesses sell more goods and services. ASUS will be bringing the "unboxing experience" to life with the ability to get a deeper look at phone features and functionalities, and Kia will give people looking to buy a auto the opportunity to customize and get up close and personal with the Kia Stinger. Inclusion of Facebook's AI assistant M will make both speakers smart, enabling them to take on Google Home, Amazon Echo, and other similar devices. At launch, Messenger will offer translations from English to Spanish, and vice-versa, in conversations taking place in the United States.
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We plan to expand this feature and gradually roll out M suggestions for translations to people using Messenger in the U.S. in the coming weeks, and as we continue to iterate and improve upon the translation experience in Messenger we will launch this functionality in additional languages and countries.
Translations by M Suggestions is powered by the same neural network-powered translation engine Facebook uses to translate Facebook and Instagram posts and comments.
Facebook also announced that it is updating its AR creation software AR Studio.
Facebook is partnering with Sketchfab.