INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK AND MESSENGER UNITE
Facebook, Instagram and Messenger are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from each other apps, enabling you to instantly switch between them. With the aim of increasing engagement across the apps, this method of notification highlights that you have missed an alert from a platform. This will be shown in the top corner of each app with a red number calling for attention.
INSTAGRAM ADDS FACE FILTERS
From May 16th, Snapchat-style face filters are available on Instagram. There are currently eight filters available, including crowns, a rabbit and a koala. Instagram face filters work on both the front and back camera’s and are accessible on photo, video and boomerang. Face filters can be found by opening the camera interface in the app and tapping the new icon in the bottom right corner.
FACEBOOK TESTS IN-APP ‘ORDER FOOD’ ICON
Facebook is testing a new ‘order food’ icon into its main app that allows users to place food delivery or pickup orders using third party services without leaving the platform. The ‘order food’ service is available on both desktop and mobile, enabling users to place and pay for orders within the Facebook app. By clicking on the ‘order food’ icon this will lead to a page that lists local restaurants, price range, type of cuisine and star rating.
GOOGLE ASSISTANT LAUNCHES ON IPHONES
After announcing at Google I/O, the company have started to introduce Google Assistant onto iPhones. This will work as a separate iOS app from Google search, helping to create tasks tied to your personal preferences. However due to API restrictions, Google Assistant will not be able to operate exactly as it does on Android devices, for example it is able to send iMessages and play songs from your Spotify app, but it cannot set alarms. Google Assistant for iPhones is currently only available in the US but a global release is expected imminently.
FACEBOOK MESSENGER DEBUTS A NEW LOOK
Facebook Messenger is making a series of smaller changes to the way content is shown on its home screen, hoping to speed up navigation and help you pick up where you left your last visit. The update includes new tabs on the top of Messenger’s main screen for moving between your messages, active contacts and groups. By giving active users their dedicated section, Facebook hope to encourage users to start more conversations through the app.