Meta Messenger has launched its group effect and split payment features on their platform.
Messenger has begun the new features by releasing Group Effects, an AR calling feature. Some of the new effects include a royal crown called King Bach that flips to a different design when a user nods their head.
Alongside Group Effects, Messenger has also launched the split payment feature. The feature can be used to divide up the cost of bills from the Payments Hub in Messenger. Bills can be modified and adapted according to each individual’s contribution in this way just in time for the holiday season.
2021 has been a significant year for Meta Messenger – formerly Facebook. In October, Facebook began to roll out a series of new features to enhance the user experience on Messenger and Instagram Direct.
The biggest update came in the form of cross-platform group chats. This was the latest step in Facebook’s overall messaging integration plan, which should make it easier for individuals to speak to their friends without constantly changing services.
Facebook first started to merge the Messenger and Instagram platforms in August 2020, and the aim is to also include WhatsApp in the network, but the other two services will need to be fully encrypted to the same level.
Other new features in this latest round of updates includes group typing notifications, new chat themes and ‘Watch Together’ for Instagram.