Instagram rolls out new AR effects, Stories features and Explore redesign

Instagram rolls out new AR effects, Stories features and Explore redesign

In fact, the executive said, people have already used about 2billionminutes of video calling on WhatsApp alone (and Zuckerberg apparently contributes to them, relying on the service to video chat with his young daughters when he's on the road). Instagram video chat is going to go live in the next few weeks, the Facebook-owned company has confirmed today.

'Just tap the share button in the Spotify or GoPro app and your content is pulled directly into the Instagram camera, ' Instagram says.

The Instagram video chat feature is in a testing phase for now, with a global rollout coming soon. To initiate the feature, users just need to tap on a new camera icon on the direct messaging thread. Users can chat one-on-one with another user or with a small group and they can keep the conversation going for as long as they want. You can minimize the people you're chatting with and continue to search and explore Instagram and people you chat with can't see your screen.

Not only is Zuckerberg sharing new features from the Facebook platform, but he's also giving us glimpses into what we can expect from companies that now exist under the Facebook umbrella, like Instagram and WhatsApp.

Whatsapp is also getting group video calls.

AR camera effects are coming to Instagram.

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Instagram will also soon be rolling out a redesigned Explore page organized around topic channels like "animals, ' 'photography" and 'architecture'.

Instagram is launching interactive camera "experiences" that will allow users to grab snippets from other accounts and add them to their Stories.

For example, Instagrammers will be able to try out Kylie Jenner's favorite lipstick colors in their selfies; add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians from Jiffpom; or turn any video into an NBA "DunkCam" moment.

Facebook also announced today that it is opening up its camera effects platform - announced during last year's F8 conference - to Instagram in closed beta. Large businesses will also get access to new tools. This is the page that is personalized for every user to discover new people and accounts to follow. There, you'll see an option to share what you're listening to.

While now archive posts (images and videos) for Instagram Stories are available in the form of a list with date tags, Instagram is reportedly looking to change the UI, just a bit, to help users arrange the archive better.

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