Published On: Sun, Dec 15th, 2019

Facebook’s Messenger adds Star Wars-themed facilities and AR effects

Star Wars has come to Facebook’s Messenger app. Facebook currently announced a new set of Star Wars-themed facilities for Messenger users, including a discuss theme, reactions, stickers and AR effects. The facilities were grown in partnership with Disney to assistance foster a arriving film, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” that premieres national on Dec 20.

Both a stickers and a reactions concede users to demonstrate themselves regulating characters from both sides of The Force, says Facebook. For example, we can giggle like Finn, act astounded like Rey, cry like C-3PO, act indignant like Kylo or give a BB-8 thumbs adult or a Stormtrooper thumbs down.

Disney also helped to emanate a set of limited-edition AR effects that can be used both while holding photos and selfies or when you’re on video calls.

One, a Lightspeed Effect, gives a coming of jumping into hyperspace. Another, a Cockpit Effect, lets we see yourself as a member of a Resistance, roving opposite a universe in Poe Dameron’s X-Wing. The Dark vs Light Effect lets we select your side of a Force.

There’s also a Star Wars discuss thesis we can capacitate from a Messenger thread settings, that creates messages seem as if in outdoor space. (You entrance a Settings by drumming a thread’s name — typically a name or names of those you’re chatting with during a tip of a screen, unless we or someone else has already renamed a chat.)

All a facilities are giveaway to use.

This isn’t a initial time Disney has partnered with a vital tech association on a large offered pull around a Star Wars franchise. In 2015, Disney teamed adult with Google to built out a new apparatus that let we thesis a apartment of apps, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps Chrome and others with possibly a Light Side or Dark Side effect. Facebook that year also let users change their form print to a Star Wars-themed pic where they acted with a red Dark Side cross-guard lightsaber or a Light Side blue one.

And in 2017, Google launched an AR Stickers app with a set of protected characters from Star Wars to foster “The Last Jedi.” Apple got on board, too, with an updated chronicle of a Clips app with a set of new “Selfie Scenes,” including those for a Millennium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer, also from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

These sorts of collaborations advantage both parties. In a box of this new Messenger partnership, Disney gets to marketplace a new film to Messenger’s some-more than one billion users. Meanwhile, Facebook gains increasing use and rendezvous for a renouned Messenger app in a rival market, where AR effects alone can be a pivotal offered indicate for attracting users. As with many before partnerships, no income exchanged hands here.

The new Star Wars facilities are rolling out today, Dec 12, to Messenger.


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