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Facebook updates its Android and iOS apps with Camera, Stories and Direct

Facebook has updated its Android and iOS apps with three new features, an in-built camera app, Instagram-style Stories and Direct. First in the list of features is the Facebook Camera. The Facebook Camera is the company’s effort to emulate Snapchat. You can click selfies directly in the Facebook app and add effects like masks, frames and interactive filters to your photos and videos. You also get reactive effects which lets you interact with dynamic objects such as snow. Facebook Camera also has Prisma-like artistic filters that you can apply to your photos and videos. To get started simply tap on the camera icon on the top left corner or swipe right from News Feed. Facebook has tied up with film production companies to bring masks that tie-in with upcoming movies. Visual artists like Hattie Stewart from UK and Doug Coupland from Canada have also collaborated with Facebook Camera to bring artistic filters.


Next in line of features is Facebook Stories. Yes as you might have guessed by now this Stories feature work just like they do on Instagram and WhatsApp. You can share multiple photos and videos and they will appear for your friends for the next 24 hours. Unlike Stories on Instagram and WhatsApp which are deleted from existence after 24 hours, you can share those stories on your Timeline so that they remain forever until you decide to delete them. To get started you have to click on the “Your Story” icon on the Stories bar at the top of the News Feed.


Finally, there is Direct, an option borrowed from Instagram that lets you send photos and videos to individual friends for a limited time. You can send a photo through Direct and your friends will be able to view it and comment on it. The content disappears from Direct once the conversation ends.


Source: Facebook Newsroom

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