Facebook has begun testing a new Snapchat-style photo uploader on iOS that allows users to overlay text and stickers on their images before publishing them. There’s also a new filter feature that lets you preview different effects by swiping across your photos.
Facebook has already attempted to take on Snapchat with new messaging services like Poke and Slingshot, but neither one became a success. Now it appears the company is simply taking some of Snapchat’s best features and integrating them into its existing Facebook app.
Its new photo uploader, which is currently being tested on iOS, puts a vertical line through your photo after you’ve selected it, prompting you to slide across it to add a filter. In addition to an “Auto” color correction, there’s Vintage, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Snow filters.
“The swiping feels satisfying and makes it quick compare adjacent filters, though a bit harder to choose between two that aren’t next to each other,” TechCrunch explains.
Users will also notice a flashing magic wand icon in the bottom corner of their photo, which opens up the entire enhancement tray. In here, users can see all filters, tag their friends, crop their images, and add text and stickers.
You’ll be able to change font color, size, and positioning of test with simply gestures, while the sticker collection consists of everything you would expect from a funky photo editor — including crazy eyes and hair styles, mustaches, hats, glasses, and masks.
It’s unclear when the new photo uploader will be available to all Facebook users on iOS, but providing it works well in testing, it should be too long before Facebook rolls it out to the masses.