After Snapchat made it into the realm of smartglasses, Facebook had to find a way to steal its competitor's augmented reality thunder. On Tuesday, the social media giant took the opportunity to fulfill its promise of this year's F8 developer conference, as Spark AR for Instagram was officially completed from Closed to Open Beta (19459004).
Spark AR is Facebook's creator platform for AR effects. Developer to use. According to Facebook, more than 1 billion people have used AR effects via Spark on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Portal.
Facebook has also taken another page from Snapchat's AR Playbook and added the Effect Gallery as a Lens Explorer to Snapchat because it gives users the ability to discover AR experiences created through Spark AR.
To access the effect gallery, users can scroll to the edge of the AR effect bar and press "Browse" "Effects". From there, users can browse articles shared by other users, try the featured AR effects, and put them in their clipboard for later use.
It was a long way to open Beta for Spark AR on Instagram. Facebook originally introduced the Closed Beta at the 2018 issue of F8.