Facebook Messenger added AR filters to its video call system a year ago - this allowed people to dress their faces up or alter them entirely, making for a much more humorous call with friends and family.
The disclosures follow a report in "The Wall Street Journal" that Facebook is urging banks to offer information such as credit card transactions and checking account balances so the social giant can offer customer service options on its messaging platform, Messenger. With this, you will be able to challenge your friends during a group video chat.
'Account linking enables people to receive real-time updates in Facebook Messenger where people can keep track of their transaction data like account balances, receipts and shipping updates. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and even Instagram now offer users the ability to video call each other with their individual apps. The two games available now are "Don't smile" and "Asteroid attack".
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But it's too soon to see if video chat games will be a hit for Messenger. Open a new or existing video conversation or find the person or group of people you would like to chat with and tap the video icon on the upper right corner of the screen.
Messenger Games is starting with Don't Smile and Asteroids Attack, and Facebook says new games - including "Beach Bump" and "Kitten Kraze" - will roll out in the coming weeks and months. Some of the first Snappables previewed by Snapchat include an Asteroids-style space shooter, a weightlifting one you play by straining your forehead, a bubble gum popping contest, an egg-catching competition, a kiss-blowing game, and a dance party. If you want to try them out, you simply need to start a one-on-one video chat with someone and then tap on the star.
But before seeking to establish partnerships with banks through its Messenger app, Facebook should strive harder to win back the trust of its users, who have become wary of tech tools that have access to their personal data.