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Hot Off The Press: Facebook Messenger Room’s New AR Features Revealed

Facebook Portal's New AR Features has plenty of new updates to make it much more fun to connect with family, friends and people in your community.

Facebook Messenger Room’s new AR features make it much more fun to connect with family, friends and people in your community. But AR is not the only feature Facebook has announced for Mesenger Room.

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Facebook Portal

Facebook Messenger Room’s New Features

·       Messenger Rooms on Portal: Hang out on video group calls of up to 50 people via Messenger Rooms on Portal. Host celebrations, gather a book club or just hang out on the couch with friends. 

·       Backgrounds on Calls: Distractions in the background? No problem. Blur your background or replace your background with a pre-selected image using Portal Spaces while on a Portal Messenger or Messenger Rooms call.

·       Go Live from Portal to Facebook Pages and Groups: Previously, the Facebook Live app on Portal let you broadcast to your personal profile. You can now go Live to your community on your Facebook Pages and Groups.

Facebook Portal

·       Photo Ops, AR Effects and Story Time Titles: Share photos from your phone using the Portal mobile app with friends and family while on a Messenger call. We’re also introducing new AR effects to keep you entertained while you’re on a call, including AR Virtual Cards, which let you send unique and immersive cards to celebrate special occasions, and two new Story Time stories, The Okay Book by Todd Parr and How To Eat Pizza by Jon Burgerman, with more titles coming this Winter.

·       Additional “Hey Portal” Functionality: “Hey Portal” already lets you start a hands-free video call or get a morning briefing. In the coming weeks, we’ll add new “Hey Portal” functionality, including “Hey Portal” commands in British English and the ability to start WhatsApp calls.

Robyn Foyster

Written by Robyn Foyster

Robyn Foyster is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly. She is also the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech, Game Changers and The Carousel. Robyn is the owner and founder of a tech business called AR tech, where she helped create the world's first AR community shopping app called Sweep and her team produced the 2018 Vivid app. She is a speaker and a judge of the Telstra Business Awards and Mumbrella Awards. Robyn is passionate about supporting women in STEM.


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