Instagram appears to be internally testing a video calling feature. When all tests have been successfully completed, the new feature will allow users to initiate video calls within the app. It is like navigating from its original structure and venturing into something different from what we all have come to identify the ephemeral picture sharing app with.
Tech blogger WABetaInfo who spotted the video calling feature reports that a user will be able to access it once he opens an active chat with another user. What that means is that you will be able to make video call only if the person on the other end has already accepted your request to chat. However, WABetaInfo adds that the icon won’t appear if the person on the other end turns down the request.
You can initiate video call by tapping on the icon. WABetaInfo adds that Instagram has implemented other UI elements for the video call. I suppose we will have to wait a little more to see or start using the new feature until it becomes available on iOS and Android devices.
Last week, Instagram added a new feature to its Direct feature. Going forward when you send an ephemeral photo or video from Instagram Direct camera, you will have the option of whether the recipient views it once, replays it temporarily or see a permanent thumbnail of it.
Until now, all messages could be replayed temporarily even though they would completely disappear eventually. It means more freedom and peace of mind when it comes to sending more sensitive and private images to friends. The fear for most social media users is how to keep their private pictures and videos private without giving access to people.
Instagram is also getting more and more creative with Stories—a feature it copied from its fiercest rival, Snapchat. Recently, it added a text only feature to Stories—making it possible for you to share whatever you have on your mind even without using pictures or videos.
The new addition is called “Type;” and it’s one that will allow you to be creative when composing texts to share with your friends in Stories. Previously, you could only send or share your thoughts with pictures and videos.
When you open the camera, you will see “Type” next to “Normal” beneath the record button. To use the new mode, simply tap “Type” and write whatever it is you have in your mind. You are also allowed to write your thoughts, songs or poems in different styles. Available to you to choose from are different background colors, highlight words and phrases—and as a matter of fact, you can also add a background photo to go with your texts.
Just to add that Texts is just like photos and videos in Stories because everything you share only has a 24-hour lifespan.
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