Instagram is getting video calling, Spotify integration and more


The new video call feature will allow up to four Instagrammers to connect through the Instagram application.

In the coming weeks, Instagram will bring video chat to the platform. The feature is available from the Direct inbox.

A new camera icon will appear at the top of a Direct thread.

Video chats can also be minimised so users can continue browsing the app while chatting.

Another major upgrade is Video Chat that comes via the new update. However, you can share things you find directly to whomever you're chatting with. Facebook will also be adding AR Stickers to the platform which will enhance the overall user experience.

Additionally, third parties will be able to create custom filters.

Facebook announced a slew of new features, including video chat, an Explore page redesign, AR effects, and a bullying comments filter, at the company's 2018 F8 conference on Tuesday.

When friends see your story they'll be able to tap on a "Play on Spotify" button which will take them to the Spotify app where they can listen to what's got you grooving.

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Instagram is getting video calling, Spotify integration and more

Instagram is also adding app integration for stories, starting with GoPro and Spotify.

This new feature will allow users to post their GoPro footage directly from GoPro's application to Instagram without linking it together.

Instagram's camera will soon be good for much more than sharing snapshots and Stories, as the photo-sharing platform dips into video chat and more augmented reality filters. This includes face filters and world effects through Facebook's Camera Effects Platform.

"If you see a new effect in Stories from an account you follow and want to try it yourself, just tap "Try it on" and the tool will be added to your tray", Instagram said.

Zuckerberg announced that Instagram is debuting filter partnerships with Ariana Grande, BuzzFeed, Kylie Jenner, and the National Basketball Association. The page will have a better arrangement as it will be composed of categories, hashtags or topics instead of a random selection of posts that the Explore page has now. And a new explorer page lets you explore the best of contents through one single page.

The new effects will roll out to all users over time. Like before, the Explore tab is personalized and will only show content that's relevant to the user.

Instagram rolled out an offensive comment filter past year.

Instagram said it will filter bullying comments meant to harass or upset people in the Instagram community. The filter will identify comments on appearance or threatening remarks and remove them.

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