Facebook Stories updates with Boomerang and AR features


Those are "Boomerang" for videos, and 3D drawing, which can be used in both videos and pictures. Facebook is on a mission to make Stories more exciting and therefore the new addition is seen as an effort to overcome criticism that Stories are "a rip-off of Snapchat and redundant Instagram Stories". People can soon draw scribbles before or during recording and then move the camera around to see the markings stay in place.

The world's largest social network will now allow users to use the Boomerang feature popularized by Instagram Stories in their Facebook Stories, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Thursday.

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Facebook has been pushing its Stories tool aggressively, despite a muted response from users. Users will then be able to wrap around their scribbles around the objects, but the technology is still far from ideal.

Facebook is adding some much-needed features to its Stories feature. At the moment the wrapping functionality only works in optimal lighting conditions, when the object recognition algorithm detects the presence with assurance.

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Facebook is calling its AR drawing feature "3D drawing", and it will let users doodle on images they capture using Facebook Camera while clicking or after. With the availability of the AR-based 3D drawing feature clear signifies that a major push is being given to the Stories and it is said to help increase the popularity of stories and drive user engagement.

On the other hand, Instagram's Boomerang feature is going to replace the Camera button on the Stories on Facebook. The company established brand partnerships for Facebook Stories in October previous year and has also considered letting users create stories from the desktop website in the hopes of attracting more engagement. That feature has not been updated yet and it is now getting polished with a whole new look.

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