At last month's F8 conference, Facebook announced that a video chat feature for Instagram was in the works. Today, that starts rolling out to users across the world. And as was previously announced, it works with groups, too. The video chat automatically adjusts as more people are added to a maximum of five participants, yourself included. You can minimize a video call in progress to a small window and scroll through the rest of the app, which should please the multitaskers out there.While that's being rolled out, Instagram has also revamped the Explore tab, keeping the tile-style look but expanding the topics to include sports, movies and a section curated especially for you based on past behavior.
Instagram has launched its video chat feature and revealed new celebrity camera filters as part of a major overhaul. At the F8 Developer Conference last month, 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. Today's app update sees the 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.' One of the first new filters is an Ariana Grande effect that creates multiple images of your face all over the screen.
This past spring, Apple demoed a version of FaceTime that would support group video chat for up to 32 people at once. The update was supposed to come with the official release of iOS 12 this fall--but it turns out that FaceTime will be a one-on-one video chat app for a while longer. In the latest developer release of the iOS 12 software, Apple said Group FaceTime has been removed from the upcoming public release of iOS 12. It's now expected to launch later in the fall. Personally, I don't mind the wait: I have a hard enough time getting four friends together for dinner, nevermind coordinating a video chat for eight times as many people. And it's almost certainly better to have the new feature work well when it launches, rather than launch with bugs.
While Instagram is busy ripping off Snapchat feature-for-feature, the original ephemeral messaging app has finally added something Instagram has had for years: group chat. SEE ALSO: This is getting ridiculous. Facebook just ripped off Snapchat's navigation. Snapchat's group chat is simply called "Groups" and it's pretty straightforward if you know your way around the app, but it does come with a few quirks, and some of its features may not be that obvious. How many people can join a Group?