Instagram announces a bunch of new exciting features including video calling

Instagram announces a bunch of new exciting features including video calling

Instagram announced a bunch of new and exciting features to make the app more users friendly. The announcement was made at the first day of Facebook’s annual developer conference F8, where company announced a lot of new features coming to the various platforms owned by Facebook.

So, let get a dive into the new feature to explore them and here in this article, I’ll tell you how to use the new exciting features in Instagram.

Integration of apps to upload stories directly on Instagram

Instagram announces that the first two apps to be integrated into Stories are

  • Spotify
  • GoPro

The integration of Spotify will bring song stickers that link to the full song in Spotify. In this order; your viewers can vibe with your current, playlist, album or song.

Moreover, with a song/playlist/album you can either post stories or send an Instagram DM (direct message).

On the other side, integration of GoPro’s works by only choosing a clip in the GoPro app and you’ll be capable to share it directly to Instagram stories. So, from now onwards there is no need to link your GoPro account with Instagram as the sharing is done locally on your device, through the Instagram app.

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The best thing, you’ll be encouraged to re-center and/or crop the video or image before uploading.

Well, the GoPro integration is gone live while Spotify integration should be live very soon.

According to Instagram, the new integrations will also work when posting Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories. Interestingly, in the near future, more apps will be integrated to Instagram Stories like Spotify and GoPro.

New AR features just like Snapchat

By taking the advantage of Facebook’s Camera Effects Platform Instagram plans to bring AR effects and here it copied Snapchat. There is a good range of these AR effects from face filters to environmental ones.

Video chat

The next new and exciting feature of Instagram is inclusion “Video Chat” on the platform.

You can initiate it by just tapping the video icon at the top corner of any Direct Message thread, no matter it’s with another individual or “a small group”. So, from now onwards, we can do video calling to individual and groups too.

Well, based on the following press image, for now we suppose that a maximum number of four participants are allowed per video call session. It is important to here; previously this feature was introduced by Snapchat a while ago.

New Explore Page

And finally, Instagram gets a new Explore page. This is the page that is personalized for every user to discover new people and accounts to follow. It is different from a feed, because it is categorized into topic channels so you can look around with more directions if you find a topic you like. Furthermore, you can see related hashtags as well. Although, I supposed that many users have found hashtags feature currently on the app.

On the other hand, the new third-party camera effects and Instagram’s new explore page will be rolling out in the coming weeks. The “Instagram video calling” will also be rolling out globally soon in upcoming update.

Now, let’s know about your views. Are you excited to get these features on your Instagram?

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