Facebook Stories adds AR drawing and Boomerang

Facebook Stories adds AR drawing and Boomerang

The 3D drawing feature, as what the company calls it, allows users make doodles on the screen and combine the drawings with the real world.

The feature is only available with a gradient brush as it rolls out over the next few weeks, but Facebook plans to add more brushes. 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. Facebook has warned though that the feature isn't flawless yet, and the quality of the AR experience will depend on the lighting while capturing images as well as how well the contours of the subject are captured.

Apart from the new features, Facebook is also making the panel larger and adding a camera window in the status composer.

Facebook has been working on pushing into the AR sector for a while now.

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Previously, the company revealed its AR effects back at F8 previous year.

AR drawing allows you to draw 3D images with AR on the real world. "We're testing new creative tools to bring pictures and videos to life, and introducing easier ways to find and share stories", a spokesperson from Facebook told TechCrunch.

For the uninformed, Boomerang is a feature that loops videos back and forwards (hence the name) and have proven very popular with users of Instagram. 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.

The move will further aid Instagram users to keep a track of how much of their data is on the platform and assist Facebook to comply with the forthcoming European data privacy rule, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As Facebook ramps up competition with the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, we can likely expect greater integration with AR in future updates.

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