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Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android gets video sharing feature

Looks to Snapchat with 15-second clip sharing
Fri Jun 13 2014, 10:43

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has added a video sharing feature to its Messenger app for iOS and Android.

The latest versions of the Facebook Messenger apps for iOS and Android - versions 6.0 and 5.0, respectively - add the ability to share 15-second video clips. Users can shoot videos from within the Messenger application by holding down the Record button, or can choose to send a clip from the Gallery.

Unlike the similar feature on Snapchat, videos will not be deleted after they have been viewed, so you might want to think twice before you start filming.

This feature arrives just days after Facebook accidently released its Snapchat competitor called Slingshot before promptly pulling it from the App Store. However, it didn't pull the app quickly enough, as its full description revealed that video sharing will be a major aspect of Facebook's Snapchat rival.

Before it was scrubbed, the app description read, "Slingshot lets you quickly share moments - little and big - with all your friends. Shoot a photo or video of what you're up to and sling it to a bunch of people. They won't be able to see your shot until they sling something back. Tap on a shot to react, or simply swipe it away."

With video sharing set to launch any day now as part of its Slingshot application, the decision to add the feature to the Messenger app seems an odd one on Facebook's part.

The Facebook Messenger update also lets users press and hold the Like button and send an even bigger thumbs up for the things they really like, although this feature seems limited to the iOS app at present. Android users will be treated to Stickers Shortcuts in the latest version, with Facebook boasting that it has also boosted searching speed.

Facebook Messenger is available to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. µ


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