You can now play augmented reality games with friends on Facebook Messenger

Messenger's new augmented reality games.                  Facebook

As the WSJ reported: "Data privacy is a sticking point in the banks' conversations with Facebook, according to people familiar with the matter".

Facebook has been building in more and more entertainment options into Messenger recently, they brought live streaming and games to the chat app in December past year and this move adds a new layer to the mix. Facebook supposes it can liven up those peaceful minutes - it is introducing augmented reality games with Messenger video chats in its mobile applications. To play the games, you start a video chat and hit the Star menu button to open the filter menu.

"We hope this new experience - made possible by AR Studio - will help you create fun memories with the people you care about most, even when you can't be together".

Facebook is finding new ways to make its chatting app Messenger more interactive to the users.

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Most often, if video chats go long, we do things to pass the time-Facebook is giving us a way to do that right on the video message. "We're planning to roll out more games in the coming weeks and months - including passing a beach ball back and forth with "Beach Bump" and a matching cat game with "Kitten Kraze" - so make sure to check back often!"

To get this new feature, you need to upgrade to the latest version of the messenger app. Early this year the bank launched its chatbot on Messenger to interact with its customers, although the service is limited to promoting new offerings and excludes banking services. Snappables allows the user to use touch, motion, and facial expressions to compete for high scores or in literal head-to-head multiplayer match-ups. In Asteroid Attack, users can steer a spaceship around with their nose, avoiding obstacles, while Don't Smile is a variation on a staring contest.

Facebook has already had limited success in this area too, striking a deal with PayPal in October 2017 to allow Messenger users to transfer money, track transactions and shipping updates.

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