Updated: October 31, 2016 10:18:55 am
Facebook is reportedly testing a new camera feature that will allow users to play around with their selfies using Snapchat-like masks, geofilters, Prisma-like filters as well as overlaid graphics. Users will be able to share these pictures with their friends individually via Direct Message. And the pictures, just like Snapchat, will disappear after 24 hours. According to Tech Crunch, the “new camera” is currently being tested in Ireland. The site quoted a source from the company who said Facebook might test more variations of the new camera before rolling out the new feature globally.
“Facebook’s real innovation beyond Snapchat and Prisma are the reactive filters. They cover the screen in leaves you can wave around with your arms, or cool little colored line patterns you can disrupt with your movements,” the report said. The new camera will be easily accessible from the News Feed by simply swiping right. Next, users can swipe down to browse through various filters and use various tools to make pictures interesting. Facebook here seems to have taken inspiration from popular photo-editing app Prisma as well. The report suggests Facebook will introduce Prisma-like filters for its camera app as well that will turn pictures and videos in to works of art.
Earlier reports suggest Facebook is testing a new Snapchat-like feature for its Messenger app as well. Facebook’s Messenger Day feature, which is similar to Snapchat Stories, was spotted by users in Poland. Messenger Day allows users to add graphics or text on to pictures and short videos before sharing then with friends.
Facebook is constantly working to boost user engagement on its app as well as Messenger app by adding new features. Facebook Messenger now allows end-to-end conversations, which is optional. Secret Conversations in Messenger can be turned on for select users. And users can set a time frame for which they want their messages to be seen by their friends, after which they disappear.