Facebook Messenger taking Snapchat-style direction

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 5 months ago)

Facebook are bolstering Messenger's ever-increasing reputation as a rival to Snapchat with a roll-out of new features. The app now has faster photo uploads and camera access, as well as a new video-sharing feature. Messenger's new interface also offers one-touch access to the camera, photo reel, stickers and audio messaging. The new photo system, however, is what gives distinct signs of a move to challenge Snapchat. In a matter of a couple of clicks, you can open up a camera within Messenger to take your photo and send a minute later. This comprises one step less than Snapchat's own funnel, which asks you to pick recipients before you can send your photo. 

Aside from that, this introduces video to Messenger for the first time. This new feature may be a result of Facebook-owned WhatsApp's announcement that its users share 100 million videos a day, something that its mother company may want to take advantage of.

The update will be available for iOS today, and it will be rolled out to Android later this week. 

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