Facebook will add AR doodles and Boomerang GIFs to Stories

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"We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them", said John Barnett, a Camera Product Manager in Facebook.

Now users can make use of Instagram's Boomerang feature when capturing videos via Facebook's in-app camera. To that end, Facebook-owned Instagram just confirmed to TechCrunch that it is building a new data portability tool so users can download a copy of everything they've put on the service, including photos, videos and messages. Facebook has warned though that the feature isn't ideal yet, and the quality of the AR experience will depend on the lighting while capturing images as well as how well the contours of the subject are captured. Now there is also a new AR feature to help in the same.

Previously, the company revealed its AR effects back at F8 past year. Additionally, Facebook Stories will allow users to create doodles that can intelligently identify what's in the camera frame and virtually interact with them even as users move the camera. The latest is the addition of Instagram Boomerang GIF with Facebook Camera that lets the user draw with abandon. Facebook Stories has not been able to duplicate that success yet, but the company likely hopes that integrating the established Boomerang brand will change this. However, Facebook Stories has been slow to take off and the company has tried to boost usage by making it available to companies and by offering other enhancements.

"Unlike Instagram's Snapchat clone, which has more users than Snapchat itself, Facebook's hasn't been as successful".

If we talk about this particular Stories feature on Facebook, it has not been successful as Instagram or Snapchat.

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