Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Instagram to Receive Video Calling, AR Stickers and Redesigned Explore Section Features

Instagram to Receive Video Calling, AR Stickers and Redesigned Explore Section Features

The video can be minimised while doing other things on Instagram.

At F8, Facebook's developer conference, Instagram rolled out a bunch of new features and enhancements to make it a better place to share, connect and explore. The feature will allow users to chat one-on-one or in a small group. The new explore page feature will bring "topic channels" to make the user experience more engaging and find exactly what you need.

GoPro's integration works by simply choosing a clip in the GoPro app and you'll be able to share directly to Instagram stories. Instagram will also allow more apps to be integrated into Stories, starting with Spotify and GoPro. It's also opening augmented-reality camera effects to partners. This includes face filters and world effects through Facebook's Camera Effects Platform. You can directly edit and share your story or feed, without connecting Facebook or Instagram accounts to other apps.

Not long ago, we saw many improvements to Instagram which made it easier to upload stories such as 10 pictures together. It's still in the testing phase and it will roll out globally soon.

Instagram have also said that this new integration will allow these apps to post content directly to your Facebook stories as well, but that's not going to be ready for a little while still. Users can just tap "Try it on", and the tool will be added to your tray according to Instagram post. You'll also enjoy cool new tools that let you trim your video to the exact clip you want, vertical crop a wide shot for the ideal angle and add immersive, close-to-the-action clips adjusted to the exact moment you want to share. For now, Spotify and GoPro integration and the other above listed features are available to explore. This will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks so just go back and check every once in a while. Besides, you can also tap on the hashtags shown below those tiles to further filter the content. This new comment filter is now turned on by default and can be turned off in the Comment Controls section of the Instagram Settings page. Instagram now brings more options for sharing to Stories, updates to camera effects, video chat, a new explore and options for safeguarding content from bullying comments.

Update your app, test out the new looks and let us know what you think.

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