Imagine that now you can “tag” your friends in photos even before you upload them to the social network. Thanks to brand-new feature – Photo Magic, now Facebook users can share photos in an easier and faster way.
The social network giant – Facebook released the latest Messenger app’s update with new feature – “Photo Magic” on Monday. Basing on artificial intelligence, which is similar to facial recognition, Facebook Messenger can now scan all newly taken photos in phone’s camera roll or picture library to detect the faces of your friends in them.
For Android users, as Photo Magic recognizes one of your buddies, Facebook Messenger will immediately send you a notification to ask you whether you will send it to the person in the photo or not. Using this new feature, you will get out of extra steps to message or text them later. For iPhone users, it will look through your camera roll “periodically”, (Facebook hasn’t explained for what periodically means yet).
Thanks to Photo Magic, now Facebook users can share photos in an easier and faster way with Messenger app
When a photo is sent, your friend would receive it in a Messenger chat, instead of a posting on Facebook‘s wall. If the app recognizes multiple friends in the photo, a chat thread will be available to everyone involved. You also have to let Messenger access to your camera roll to begin with Photo Magic. If you’ve ever sent your friends a photo via Messenger before, you’ve likely already opted in.
Especially, Facebook only recommends photos when you allow. If you don’t want Facebook to look through all your photos and to annoy you with lots of notifications, all you need to do is following two options: Turning off the send-to-your-friend notifications, or turning off Facebook‘s facial recognition feature.
The technology Facebook is using for Photo Magic is quite similar to the Moments app’s, a good Facebook photo sharing app launched earlier this year. Moments works the same way with Messenger, but your friends needs to have Moments installed in order to view the photos you send them while Messenger don’t require that.
Although Instagram and WhatsApp are considered as the Facebook’s famous apps to share pictures, it’s surprised that most popular place that people share photos with their friends isn’t on those services, but instead through its Messenger app.
Besides, people usually think about Facebook Messenger primarily as a simple messaging app. Therefore, adding facial recognition to Messenger seems weird. But when you considered the fact that users collectively send one another 9.5 billion pictures every month through Messenger, and that number is growing faster and faster, this strategy will become reasonable.
It’s the increasing number of users share pictures through Messenger that led Facebook to consider ways to improve photo sharing on Messenger. And as a result, Photo Magic comes up.
David Marcus, Facebook‘s Messenger leader announced that the brand new feature is currently testing in Australia before rolling out to the U.S. soon.