Facebook today announced three new features for its Messenger Kids app including dark mode, voice effects, and the ability to start games from within a chat thread. The company hopes these new additions to the app will ” help foster creativity, encourage play and help kids build even closer connections with their friends and family.”
Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app for users under 13 years old. The app allows parents to set controls, manage contacts, view blocked accounts, and monitor messages allowing kids to keep in touch with close friends and family.
Facebook updates its Messenger Kids app with three new features
One of the biggest features coming to iPhone and iPad with this update is a dark mode which cuts down the glare from a screen, is ideal for low light environments, provides lower brightness while maintaining contrast and vibrancy.
In the coming weeks, users will have the opportunity to add voice effects to their voice messages before they send them. Users can pick from five different options to change their voice to sound like a robot, ghost, gorilla, or mouse, or sound like they are talking into a seashell.
Lastly, Facebook is introducing the ability for users to start multiplayer games from within their chat threads. Kids can select a game to play by entering a chat thread and tapping on the orange controller “Play” tab on the bottom right corner. Previously, to start a two-player game, users had to their chat thread and go to the “Explore” tab to pick a game.
Users can select a game to play by entering a chat thread and tapping on the orange controller “Play” tab on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Each update for Messenger Kids will be rolled out on iOS first and will be available on Android later.
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