Facebook Messenger update brings in-app camera and video sharing

People love the intimacy of communicating through photos and videos. Snapchat proved that. Now Facebook wants more of these visual conversations happening in Messenger so it’s added video sharing plus faster photo uploads and camera access in an update for iOS today that’s rolling out to Android this week. The new message composer puts the camera, photo reel, stickers, and audio messaging all one-touch away.

A new update to Facebook’s standalone messaging app, Messenger, on Monday includes a new camera option for taking photos within the app. A camera icon above the keyboard surfaces the phone’s camera, which can also be flipped for front-facing photos (selfies!). The photo is both captured and sent with just one click. Users can still send photos the old-fashioned way within the app by attaching an existing photo from their camera roll, but the new in-app camera allows users to do so without having to leave a conversation. Users can also upload and send videos from the camera roll, a feature that was unavailable before Monday’s update.

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