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Facebook has launched a new assistant called “Messenger M” for its messenger. The premise of M is: you can receive suggestions to take actions (right from the message screen) based on the context of your conversation. All this sounds quite familiar… is starts with “Google” and ends with “Assistant”
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M is not a fully-fledged smartphone assistant. It’s more like Google Assistant’s debut in Google Allo when it first came out (The major difference is that Facebook Messenger already has 1 billion monthly active users). M can offer suggestions via a pop-up bubble that can send money to your friends, request a car with ride-share apps, and coordinate plans with friends.
Tap on the suggestion bubble, and you don’t have to dig through chat menus to temporarily share your pin-drop. You can also tap and hold on the suggested bubble for even more suggestions. Swiping it to the side will dismiss the suggestion.Facebook has actually been testing a couple of these features for a while. Most notably, the ride-sharing suggestion has been active anytime you mention a cab, a new address, or mention needing a ride.
Tap on the suggestion bubble, and you don’t have to dig through chat menus to temporarily share your pin-drop. You can also tap and hold on the suggested bubble for even more suggestions. Swiping it to the side will dismiss the suggestion.Facebook has actually been testing a couple of these features for a while. Most notably, the ride-sharing suggestion has been active anytime you mention a cab, a new address, or mention needing a ride.
The following features will be available on Messenger M:

  • Sticker suggestions
  • Requesting or sending money
  • Location sharing
  • Making plans with a friend (sets a reminder for recipients of the chat)
  • making polls in group chats
  • Requesting a ride from Uber or Lyft
Currently, Messenger M is now rolling out to all iOS and Android users in the United States. Those of you who may find yourself outside the US will see the update “eventually” roll out. Facebook says we should expect to see more AI-powered features that enhance the overall experience.

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