Facebook Stories updates with Boomerang and AR features

Sheri Evans
April 15, 2018

AR allows users to doodle on the real world, ie draw their own AR images in real life.

In the coming weeks, users will be able to draw on pictures they are taking through its camera, a feature that is being called, "3D drawing".

It's an interesting and fun feature to be fair to the firm, but Facebook Stories is still of dubious relevance at this stage.

The second new feature announced for Facebook Stories - Boomerang - is an evolution of the GIF-creating feature available for a while.

Instagram has taken a page out of the Facebook book as it will now allow the users to download a copy of the profile of all the information they have shared. People can soon draw scribbles before or during recording and then move the camera around to see the markings stay in place. It seems like the social media giant is facing issues getting people to use the feature on its platform. 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.

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Facebook is also bringing Instagram's Boomerang feature to Stories. Now there is also a new AR feature to help in the same.

For optimal effect, it only wraps drawings around objects if it is confident about the object that it has detected. However, the GIFs created using the earlier tool restarted from the beginning, creating a slightly jarring effect; with the new tool, which has seen huge success on photo sharing platform Instagram, users can now create seamless GIFs on Facebook Stories as well.

On the other hand, Instagram's Boomerang feature is going to replace the Camera button on the Stories on Facebook.

Facebook has been pushing its Stories tool aggressively, despite a muted response from users.

If we talk about this particular Stories feature on Facebook, it has not been successful as Instagram or Snapchat.

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