Facebook held its annual F8 event on April 18th. As part of the software conference, which took place in San Jose, California, the social media platform also announced some of the updates which will be hitting its Messenger service.
Facebook’s Messenger Will Come With New Features, Most of Them Revolving Around Bots
On Tuesday, Facebook revealed some of Messenger’s newest features. According to the social media platform, Facebook is hoping that its users won’t stop using its chatting app as this will now come with mostly ‘everything’. Thanks to its latest options, the service will facilitate the communication between the user and various businesses.
Also during the F8 conference, the company presented the “Discovery” tab. This will help link towards popular, new, or featured bots from different brands. For example, it will offer links to the NBA, CNN, or Nike ones.
It will also link back to bots from nearby restaurants or other businesses. These will help the user easily book an appointment. Or even order food or make a reservation. Bots are software pieces that can simply and automatically perform various tasks.
Facebook also announced that Messenger’s new bots would be able to scan QR codes. These will also be newly introduced by the social media app and will come with information. In turns useful and interesting, this info will be offered while at a concert or even a sporting event.
These new codes can be scanned with the phone’s camera. Through the new QR reader feature, a Messenger bot will offer relevant data.
“We’re the de facto white pages of messaging apps. We have a shot of becoming the Yellow Pages of messaging apps.”
This is all according to David Marcus, who is the head of Messenger. Also, Facebook announced that the recently introduced M, its digital assistant, will be getting more features. Marcus also stated that they are looking to make Messenger sort of like a “social living room”. This will enable its users to chat, order and eat, do business, or anything else they may need.
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