Facebook Stories updates with Boomerang and AR features

James Marshall
April 15, 2018

A new feature should be ready in a few weeks. The new creative tools are believed to be part of Facebook's strategy to make sure that Stories becomes more popular with users and to better compete with its rival, Snapchat.

For the uninformed, Boomerang is a feature that loops videos back and forwards (hence the name) and have proven very popular with users of Instagram. Additionally, Facebook Stories will allow users to create doodles that can intelligently identify what's in the camera frame and virtually interact with them even as users move the camera. If you are not familiar with 3D drawing then this allows you to scribble a message or a graffiti and then move the camera around to see that the markings or the elements of the graffiti stay in place as the camera moves. Further, the reports from web suggest that the technology behind the AR feature can also sense corners and objects in space, and can also detect walls and tables. The tech seems to work fine, but it will still depend on the environment and the current lighting conditions.

Also in Facebook-stories want to replace the endless gifty to the function of the boomerang as in Instagram. This is not the first time that Facebook is experimenting with AR. Last year, the company added a GIF option to its Stories camera, but for some reason, that option is no longer available for some users.

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