Instagram adds video chat to its host of features

Greg Lawrence
May 2, 2018

"Music fans come to Instagram to express themselves and discover new content from their favorite artists, and we're making that easier with the ability to share directly from Spotify". There were reports that the service might add a video chat feature to the app and that's precisely what it has announced today. Spotify app users will be able to share a sticker of a song they're listening to on Stories, while GoPro users will be able to share footage shot on their GoPro.

Today's new augmented reality tools give a small, rectangular glimpse into Facebook's future, where instead of monetizing the space in between users' life events and cat pictures, the company monetizes the world around you.

To start a video chat, simply tap the new camera icon at the top of a Direct thread.

Instagram video chat will allow one-on-one conversations as well as group chats.

Instagram also outlined plans for group-based video chats and said it will soon roll out a redesigned version of the app's Explore section to group posts thematically.

It will work for both individuals and groups - and, you won't need to stop scrolling through your feed to have a video call.

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Messenger is getting a clean new design, and will also get access to the Snapchatesque AR features. In just a few taps, you'll be able to select, edit and share clips and photos to an Instagram Story or send it via Instagram Direct. The camera effects will be designed by Instagram partners (it's in a closed beta at the moment) and will only show up in the cameras of their followers, Sood said. The goal of the makeover is to connect users with hashtags and content that they will like.

There's also a new Explore tab in the app.

In September of previous year, Instagram said it had 800 million monthly users.

We're building a feature for dating and relationships within the Facebook app. People already use Facebook to meet new people, and we want to make that experience better. This would archive all your Stories, so you can see what you posted on which day of the month and view them back.

Recent, Instagram announced that soon users will be able to store their data just like Facebook. The song, album, or playlist you've chosen will then be presented with a sticker that you can move, resize, and rotate.

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