Instagram is rolling out a slew of new features to bring Stories and chats to the next level. At the F8 Developer Conference today, Mark Zuckerberg revealed the Facebook-owned app will be teaming up with other platforms such as Spotify to allow users to post directly to their Instagram Stories. And, Instagram has revealed a new video chat feature that will allow users to speak face-to-face with their friends individually, or in small groups. The firm is also rolling out new interactive camera effects, and has overhauled its Explore tab to organize content into'topic channels.' The firm is now testing out the new video chat feature, with plans to roll it out around the world soon.
Snapchat may have pioneered the "stories" format, but it's Instagram that's taking it in new and exciting directions. At Facebook's F8 conference, Instagram announced a new way for users to share content from third-party apps directly to Stories. Same goes for sharing to Facebook Stories. Spotify and GoPro will be the first two partners for this new Stories integration. Additionally, the app's getting video chat, new augmented-reality camera effects from third parties, and a redesigned Explore tab.
Today Instagram has rolled out video chat, new camera effects and topic channels on Explore for its Android and iOS apps. These features were originally announced at Facebook's F8 conference last month. And it comes on the heels of Instagram's introduction of IGTV and the 1 billion monthly active user milestone. Instagram has added video chat through the Instagram Direct messaging service. You can set up a video chat with an individual or a group by swiping into the Direct inbox and opening a message thread.
Instagram has rolled out a new software update to its app that finally adds the video chat feature. The company has also implemented its newly redesigned Explore tab and has added new camera effects designed by celebrities and creators. "Now, you can video chat in Instagram Direct, either with just one person or a group. Video chat gives you the experience of realtime video in a private space and helps you feel close and connected to friends when you can't be together," Instagram said. "our friends are already on Instagram, and with video chat, you can seamlessly connect across iOS and Android and without a phone number."
Facebook announced a bunch of new features for its Instagram app during its annual F8 conference. One of the biggest new features on the photo-sharing app is the ability to let users video chat within the app. Users can now have group video chat on Instagram. Facebook says that video chat on Instagram will be available in the coming weeks. The feature is available from the Direct inbox.