Facebook Messenger adds new effects, facial recognition and Uber video

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Facebook Dominates Nielsen List of 2015’s Most Popular Apps.

“Now in Messenger, after you take a picture of a friend or group of friends, if you want to, we’ll help you send it immediately,” Facebook says. “You won’t need to stop the fun to make sure everyone has a copy of the picture. Facebook did it again: The social network’s mobile app was once again the most-used app for U.S. smart phone users in 2o15, attracting close to 128 million monthly users on average this year, according to new data released by Nielsen this week. Another one of the company’s apps, Facebook Messenger, jumped to the third spot in 2015 with more than 96 million users, up from around 53 million last year.

Taking their place were Apple Music — the streaming audio service launched in June — and Apple Maps, which has bounced back from its embarrassing launch in 2012 to attract a total of more than 54 million users. Netflix didn’t register in those charts up until recently because the company didn’t offer an ability to subscribe to its service within its app until September of this year.

Facebook is also adding a bunch of new colors and emoji for the holidays, too. “For iOS, tap on the people’s names at the top of a conversation to change your family group thread to a festive red, update your mom’s formal first and last name to just ‘Mom,’ or change the emoji response in your holiday meet up group from the thumbs up to something more timely, like a party hat,” reads Facebook’s post. “Anyone in the conversation can change the colors, nicknames and emojis as many times as they want, and when you make a change, the people you’re talking to will see what updates you selected.” And, of course, Facebook has also dumped a new little snow animation into Messenger. Like other publishers, Netflix had long resisted Apple’s demands to share 30 percent of its subscription revenue generated through in-app sign-ups with the Cupertino computer maker, and instead redirected users to its website to sign up. If you send some supported emoji to a friend—something with Santa or snow in it, or something that’s blatantly related to Christmas—you’ll see a little snowfall appear on your screen. “We’re also bringing back the beloved snow globe effect for chat heads on Android. However, in September, Netflix decided to make peace with Apple and offer in-app subscriptions without charging customers a premium for fees it has to pay Apple.

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