Messenger and Messenger Kids are getting new updates for the holiday season, including new AR effects and Soundmojis with a Christmas theme.
One of the AR effects is created in partnership with beauty influencer Ashley Strong and works when you blink, which releases sparkles and shiny snowflakes from your eyes. A bunch of new word effects have been added to Messenger as well. For instance, when you type a holiday wish to send someone, like Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah, your screen will fill up with emojis related to the holiday.
New chat themes and word effects have also been introduced to both Messenger and Instagram DMs. Additionally, the new Soundmojis for Messenger chats include a loudspeaker icon, and emojis of presents and a Christmas tree.
Another interesting addition is that of the new funds transfer visuals when exchanging money in the app, which will likely encourage more funds exchange activities, hence promoting eCommerce.
Looking at Messenger Kids, there is a variety of new holiday themed options. These include an interactive messaging feature that lets kids “chat with Santa,” where the messages will be sent to the kids’ parents. This will not only help parents know what their children want as Christmas presents, but will also spark some excitement in the kids for the holidays. Other features include holiday games and themed AR effects.
The new Messenger updates can now be accessed in the latest versions of the apps.