Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Facebook Brings AR games to it's Messenger Video Chat

Facebook Brings AR games to it's Messenger Video Chat

Facebook-owned Instagram recently launched a set of AR filters on its platform that let users try on lipstick shades from Kylie Jenner's cosmetics company - a clear nod to future money-making opportunities in AR for the company.

So what are the new games on the Messenger app and how can you play them?

More widely, Facebook users can connect their PayPal accounts to Messenger to track transactions and shipping updates. The feature allows people to play AR games on one-to-one video calls or in groups.

There's no mystery technique herein using augmented reality games to keep the audience captivated: Facebook is utilizing this as an approach to keep you inundated in Messenger talks where you may some way or another be enticed to hang up (or consider a rival service).

Facebook is looking to expand into financial services and has reportedly asked several USA banks for customer information as part of a move to build out its Messenger application, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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To get started, open an existing 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.

Facebook appears determined to radically change how video calls work - the company is planning the release of two additional games "in the coming weeks and months". Facebook's take on AR video games is really different from Snapchat's, though.

The second game, Asteroids Attack, sees a spaceship placed on your nose that you must protect from falling asteroids by swerving around. The social media giant is launching a number of augmented reality video chat games for use on Messenger.

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.

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