Facebook has just updated its Messenger app for both Android and iOS devices. As earlier reported by TechCrunch, you can now send polls to your friends through the chat feature. Of course, the poll feature only works in group chats since it would be pretty ridiculous to poll just one person. The best part about the feature is that it works just how you would expect it to -- you type in a question and fill up some possible responses and you are all set.
Whether you are planning an upcoming destination for a trip with your friends, what movie you would like to see during family night, or just an idea on where to propose to your girlfriend, you can easily present these ideas to people in the group chat. And since people are more likely to respond by tapping on an option instead of having to type out a message, you will be able to get more responses on your poll.
In addition to polls, Facebook is said to be introducing a new tool called “chat assist.” This new feature makes use of machine learning so you can pay back the money you owe to people. Whenever you type something like "You owe me $500," Messenger will prompt your friend to repay you the money he owes using its payments feature.
With the chat assist feature, it can be an easy way to repay your friend since a "Pay $500" button will appear below the message. For those who choose to make the make through Facebook, money can be sent to the other party. The amount will be deducted from a debit card number previously entered and connected with Messenger.
This is not the first time we are hearing about Messenger's payment option. Back in March of last year, Facebook launched friend to friend payments, and then earlier this month during this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference held in the city of San Franscisco in California, the social media giant revealed that Messenger now has support for native payments without having to direct users to an external site. Through Facebook's AI, you can easily get people to make their payments. And with executives such as David Marcus (head of Messenger) and Stan Chudnovsky (VP of Product) who both came from PayPal, Facebook knows what it is doing.
Facebook is currently rolling out these updated features to users in the US. Depending on how they work out, Facebook could be bringing it to other countries in the future.
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