Facebook Stories will now add Instagram's Boomerang feature and AR drawings

Alfred Osborne
April 15, 2018

Facebook also launched AR tracker target experiences which would trigger from QR codes or real-world posters.

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". By adding new features to Facebook Stories section, the giant is trying to attract more users of Facebook to start using this feature. People can soon draw scribbles before or during recording and then move the camera around to see the markings stay in place.

Such a tool would make it easier for people to move to competing photo social networks, much like Facebook's own Download Your Information tool, which has been touted as a way to #DeleteFacebook.

It's an interesting and fun feature to be fair to the firm, but Facebook Stories is still of dubious relevance at this stage. That feature has not been updated yet and it is now getting polished with a whole new look.

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Facebook has also confirmed the fact that the Boomerang will be replacing the looping GIF creation in the Facebook camera; the Boomerang feature, however, is already available on Instagram. This, in turn, allows a user to wrap his/her art on the objects which are visible in the camera feed.

The details of this feature are yet to be finalized and Instagram did not go into any detail at the moment.

The news comes after Instagram's parent company Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data scandal due to which Instagram earlier cut off the Application program interface (API) access for some developers and limited on how often others can use its API to collect data on Instagram users. Yes, there are millions of Facebook users who are making use of this Facebook Stories on a daily basis. Facebook Stories has not been able to duplicate that success yet, but the company likely hopes that integrating the established Boomerang brand will change this.

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