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

Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
on 19 June 2020

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 Messenger Room.

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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.

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·       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.

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