Instagram Announces Video Chat, New Explore, Sharing to Stories, Camera Effects Platform

Instagram Announces Video Chat, New Explore, Sharing to Stories, Camera Effects Platform

Instagram noted that you don't have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories.

Video chats are just one of the many new features coming to the app. Instagram users will now have access to video chat, new augmented reality filters, and integration with Spotify.

As per a series of tweets by user, Facebook-owned Instagram seems to be testing quite a handful of features in an attempt to take on competitors by offering as much functionality as possible. He discussed our responsibility to keep building new services that bring people together in meaningful new ways across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus.

With the new video-chat feature, Intagram users must tap the new camera icon at the top of a direct-messaging thread.

Instagram says you will also be able to minimize the video chat and browse through Instagram while the chat is running.

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Video chat and the new Explore are both testing now and will soon be rolling out globally. Not one to be outdone, WhatsApp also announced a group video chat feature is on the way, via Android Central. Instagram has taken advantage of Facebooks Camera Effects Platform to bring AR effects from celebrity accounts like Ariana Grande, Vogue, and the National Basketball Association. Content will now organized into "topic channels", created to let users browse across their interests, instead of clumping recommended posts in a single view.

Instagram Stories is getting a new way to share directly to the platform. That means you turn any video into a National Basketball Association dunkcam or add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians to fluff up your photo.

Explore meanwhile has been redesigned to change the way users discover posts, people and experiences in the app.

A Slow-Mo mode might also be coming to Instagram Stories, if Jane Manchun Wong's screenshots are anything to go by. Now when you're in an app like Spotify and select the sharing tool, you will see Instagram Stories as a default option. If you see a new sticker or filter, you can hit "Try it on", and you'll be able to test it out. There are not many details around it, but we could expect it to be available for users who follow each other taking in consideration a certain level of user privacy.

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