Facebook on Monday released a new update to their independent mobile messaging app, Messenger, featuring a new camera option for taking in-app photographs and allowing users to upload and send videos from their camera roll, a feature that was previously unavailable. A camera icon above the keyboard surfaces the phone’s camera, which can also be flipped for front-facing photos (selfies!). The picture is captured and sent with just one click, the disadvantage being that you can’t edit or retake a picture if you don’t like it.


Users are still able to send pictures the old way within the app by attaching existing ones from their camera roll, but the updated in-app camera allows them to send pics without leaving a conversation.

The benefit of the update to Facebook is keeping users within the app, and to users, convenience. The in-app camera replaces the keyboard, allowing the user to still keep up with the actual conversation thread even while taking a picture. The update is now available on iOS, and an Android version will be released later this week.


Photocredit: Reuters

Odunayo Eweniyi Author

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