Facebook Stories update adds AR doodles and Instagram's Boomerang

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The world's largest social network will now allow users to use the Boomerang feature popularized by Instagram Stories in their Facebook Stories, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Thursday.

Facebook is adding some much-needed features to its Stories feature.

The new Facebook Stories features were first discovered by The Next Web's Matt Navarra on Twitter, who also shared videos of the new features in action.

Facebook is expanding the features of Stories. The new creative tools are believed to be part of Facebook's strategy to make sure that Stories becomes more popular with users and to better compete with its rival, Snapchat.

Of the two, the AR doodling - which Facebook calls "3D drawing" - seems like the biggest feature, letting users draw 3D images with AR on the real world. With the availability of the AR-based 3D drawing feature clear signifies that a major push is being given to the Stories and it is said to help increase the popularity of stories and drive user engagement.

The new feature will let users doodle and scribble on the screen before or while they are recording and see what augmented reality graffiti looks like on various surfaces as they move their phone around. The only brush available for 3D drawing at the moment is the pastel gradient brush, but Facebook is planning to add more brushes moving forward. It's rolling out to users over the coming weeks.

For optimal effect, it only wraps drawings around objects if it is confident about the object that it has detected.

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