Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Facebook launches AR games for Messenger video chat

Facebook without irony asks banks to give up your financial info If Facebook has its way banks may be handing over your financial info
Cecil Davis | 10 August, 2018, 17:36

Early this week the Wall Street Journal claimed Facebook was sounding out major USA financial institutions over the possibility of accessing customers" banking information as a means of offering them "new services', such as fraud alerts and instant balance checks directly within Facebook Messenger. Yes, Facebook has adapted augmented reality to build games that can be played by users while on the video call.

Although the novelty of games can wear off, perhaps Facebook is content putting time and resources behind it for now. The new video chat AR games feature a multiplayer mode so that you can play with up to six people at a time. We're rolling out more games in the coming weeks and months - including passing a beach ball back and forth with "Beach Bump" and a matching cat game with "Kitten Kraze" - so make sure to check back often! The social network is clearly hoping that with some in-app entertainment, users will make more calls and spend longer in them, all of which boosts figures that marketers take into consideration.

The social media company said users of financial firms such as PayPal (PYPL.O), Citibank (C.N) and American Express (AXP.N) could link their financial accounts with Facebook's Messenger and chat with a customer service representative.

In "Asteroids Attack", you move your head from side to side to navigate a spaceship and avoid hitting obstacles. Although Facebook already owns WhatsApp and Instagram, the company faces competition from platforms such as Snapchat, China's WeChat and Apple's iMessage.

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To play just begin a video chat and tap on the start button and select filter menu and select the desired game.

They explained: The message included a video link and read: 'Hey I saw this video.

Given what we know about Facebook's approach to consumer data, just from the past year or so, I think I'll take a 20-minute phone wait over giving them my banking details.