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Instagram is taking on FaceTime with its own video chat feature

Mashable

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.


Instagram unveils a slew of new features including video chats

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.


Instagram launches video group chat and reveals new filters

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.


Instagram lets you share other users' posts to your own story

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Instagram is blurring the line between posts and Stories with a new feature available for Android devices. If a user sees a puppy or food picture worth noting on their feed, they can now share the post to their own story. The post appears on the user's story as a customizable sticker and the background can also be edited, the firm said in a blog post. The new feature is far easier than screenshotting the post and reuploading it as a new story. Instagram announced a feature that allows users to share posts on their stories.


Instagram unveils Snapchat-style self-destructing photos and video

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Instagram has launched a Snapchat-style self-destructing photo and video service as part of its latest update. The app is also following Facebook's lead by unveiling a live video broadcasting service of its own. The photo and video-sharing firm is adding the ability to stream live broadcasts from within the Stories section of the app. The new features begin testing today and will be gradually rolled out to Instagram users around the globe in the coming weeks. 'Live video in Stories is a new way for people to connect and interact with their friends right now,' said an Instagram spokesperson.