As a way of welcoming the Lunar New Year, Meta has added a bunch of new tools to Messenger, including themed stickers, AR effects, and updated 3D avatar tools.
The new stickers feature a range of adorable tiger animations, as this Lunar Year is the Year of the Tiger, while the new AR effect has been designed to show the group Lion Dance.
More AR effects can be seen in the new chat themes and Word Effects that also align with the Tiger theme of the Year.
As for the updated 3D avatars, you will now be able to send red letter envelopes to your friends in the app via the avatars, which resembles a special Lunar Year gesture of exchanging gifts.
Most of these new tools are not anything major, however, with the 3D avatar creation tools, Meta is making Messenger a more engaging messaging space where users can create digital representations of themselves. On special occasions, having the ability to use these avatars to make meaningful gestures is a fun and creative way to interact with friends and family. The AR and VR tools are Meta’s focus in terms of promoting new forms of connection across its platforms.