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."
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.
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.
"Social Media Roundup" is a weekly roundup of news pertaining to all of your favorite websites and applications used for social networking. Published on Sundays, "Social Media Roundup" will help you stay up-to-date on all the important social media news you need to know. Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing a "Your Time on Facebook" feature in an unreleased version of its app. The "Your Time on Facebook" feature would show users how much time they spend using the service over the last week and the average time spent for the total week. And you will be able to set time limits.
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.