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Facebook (download for iOS or Android) is releasing a slew of new camera features to its Messenger app (download for iOS or Android).

Users can expect to see an option to create looping-videos with Boomerang, depth-editing in selfie mode and augmented reality stickers that you can drop into photos.

The new update gives Messenger a total of five camera modes: normal, video, text, Boomerang and selfie.

SEE: Facebook Messenger's new design goes for simple, uncluttered look

Boomerang, also used on Instagram (download for iOS or Android), is video-looping software that essentially makes a GIF.

In case you didn't ditch your older smartphone for one of the new iPhones or Pixels, Messenger's new selfie mode will let you get in on the portrait mode action. The new feature will let you focus your selfie, add a bit of glow and edit the background blur.

In addition, camera's text more will update with new fonts and colors to choose from. Users will also be able to make conversations more fun with AR stickers. The stickers can be dropped into photos or videos.

Messenger will also feature some new holiday filters and masks.

Some users might consider the new features as contradictory to the app's recent simple redesign. After complaints that the app had become way too cluttered, Facebook began rolling out the new minimalist Messenger this fall.

It is possible that users won't mind the additions if Messenger keeps them in the scrolling bar in the bottom viewfinder as screenshots suggest.

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Takeaways

  1. Messenger's new update will include looping videos with Boomerang, depth-editing in selfie mode and augmented reality stickers that you can drop into photos.
  2. Some users might consider the new features as a step back from the app's recent simple redesign.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.