Facebook introduces M – the virtual assistant for the Messenger app

- Adrian Ungureanu

Well, if you though that there aren’t enough virtual AI assistants in the mobile world yet, Facebook just gives you the opportunity to get a new one in the mobile app Messenger.

It is called simply “M” and it can provide a series of suggestions and action during conversation and more. Suggestions from M appear when it recognizes intent in a conversation and initially will include the following actions:

Sending stickers: M shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like “Thank you” or “Bye-bye.”
Paying or requesting money: M recognizes when people are discussing payments and gives them the option of easily sending or requesting money.
Sharing your location: M can suggest an option to share your location during a conversation.
Making plans: If people are talking about getting together, M helps coordinating a plan.
Starting a poll (in group conversations only): Have a hard time making decisions in a group? M lets you set a poll topic and vote in group conversations.
Getting a Ride: Talking about going somewhere? M suggests “Get A Ride” and shares an option of Lyft or Uber.

M is available for US right now, both Android and iOS users, but it will be rolled out in other countries as well.

M is launching today to all iOS and Android users in the US and will eventually roll out to other countries. But this is just the beginning for M… expect to see more and more AI-powered, delightful and relevant experiences improving Messenger for you, every day. We hope that suggestions from M are just the start of what a proactive, helpful and useful assistant can offer to the 1 billion people who use Messenger each month“, said Facebook on its official Newsroom.