The firm is now testing out the new video chat feature, with plans to roll it out around the world soon.
To start a video chat, simply tap the new camera icon at the top of a Direct thread.
Facebook's highly anticipated F8 developer conference is underway, with founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking the stage to announce the latest updates to come from the social network's universe. Not one to be outdone, WhatsApp also announced a group video chat feature is on the way, via Android Central.
Instagram video chat will allow one-on-one conversations as well as group chats.
Instagram says you will also be able to minimize the video chat and browse through Instagram while the chat is running.
Instagram is launching interactive camera "experiences" that will allow users to grab snippets from other accounts and add them to their Stories. That means you turn any video into a National Basketball Association dunkcam or add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians to fluff up your photo. If you see an effect you like being used by someone else, you'll be able to tap "Try it now" in that person's story and add the effect to your tray for later usage.
A year ago at F8 we announced the AR camera platform, and today we're bringing it to Instagram. This is the page that is personalized for every user to discover new people and accounts to follow.
Instagram also announced today that it is rolling out video chat in the coming weeks, a redesigned Explore page that is organized by topic channels, and a "bullying filter" that will filter out "comments meant to harass or upset people in the Instagram community". Large businesses will also get access to new tools. If you find a topic you like, you can see related hashtags. In the past, Instagram combated cyberbullying with a comment filter that was introduced in 2017.
When Instagram announced it would abandon its timeline approach, it said: 'People miss on average 70 percent of their feeds'. The song, album, or playlist you've chosen will then be presented with a sticker that you can move, resize, and rotate. Instagram has taken advantage of Facebooks Camera Effects Platform to bring AR effects from celebrity accounts like Ariana Grande, Vogue, and the National Basketball Association.
One of the biggest announcements was that Instagram users can now share to Stories straight from other platforms and apps. Right now, you can share what you're listening to on Spotify to your Instagram story with just a few taps; you don't even need to connect your Instagram account to Spotify to make it work. Currently, you can only reply to other users' stories by sending messages.