The idea, according to Facebook, is to integrate these types of experiences into the types of conversations already happening via Messenger bots. And each month, businesses and consumers use Messenger to exchange 8 billion messages. There are now more than 300,000 active bots on the platform, and 200,000 developers building on it, Facebook said Tuesday. Facebook plans to roll out the feature to other countries, with additional languages, sometime in the future.
Anyway, the AR effects feature, the latest addition to Facebook's AR studio, is only in a closed beta test for now with four companies: ASUS, Kia Motors Corp., Nike Inc. and Sephora (pictured). Kia will use it to let people try customizing the Kia Stinger. The French cosmetics company, for instance, allows people to try on new makeup and share what it looks like with friends. In other words, if users in Marketplace get a message that's in a language other than their default language, they'll be asked if they want that language translated.
A Messenger feature also unveiled at the developers conference allows companies to send "bubbles" that can be clicked on to trigger augmented reality experiences through smartphone cameras. For example, when a customer interacts with a business in Messenger, the business can prompt the customer to open their camera, after which they'll see different filters and AR effects, depending on what the business wants to show.
We plan to expand this feature and gradually roll out M suggestions for translations to people using Messenger in the United States in the coming weeks, and as we continue to iterate and improve upon the translation experience in Messenger we will launch this functionality in additional languages and countries.
New home secretary Sajid Javid steps up: I'll sort Windrush
She felt it "necessary" to tender her resignation after the emergence of documents showing those goals were in place. The 48-year-old Mr Javid was a senior investment banker at Deutsche Bank before being elected to parliament in 2010.
Other companies also are using artificial intelligence to break language barriers.
The feature will launch with English and Spanish translations of Marketplace conversations in the U.S. and will be extended to general Messenger use in coming weeks, the service said in a blog post.
We can't thank enough the businesses and developers that continue to build on the Messenger Platform and amaze us and their customers with unique and engaging experiences. We can't wait to see how businesses and brands will leverage these tools going forward.