Instagram has launched a new tool within its main app, it might just be the perfect feature you have been waiting for. It is called “Focus;” a tool that allows you to take portraits of yourself or friends and then share it. The good thing about Instagram’s new tool is that it works even for all those whose phones don’t have a portrait setting.
Focus is easy to use—open your Instagram Story and swipe to the option beneath the “Record” button—next to “Superzoom”. Once done, simply focus your camera on a person and the photo will automatically bring the person into focus; but of course, the background will be burred. You can add filters after taking artistic selfies or even videos that you like.
Focus is available as part of Instagram version 39.0 for iOS in the Apple App Store, and also for Android where you can download or update in the Play Store.
Along with Focus, came another update—the @mention sticker on iOS, which makes it easier to connect with friends in your stories. “After you’ve taken a photo or video in your stories camera, open the stickers tray, tap the @mention sticker, start typing the name of the account you want to mention and select from the options that appear. You can then rotate, scale and place your sticker wherever you’d like.”
Last February, Instagram made a new addition to Direct. 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 that addition, 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.
In other Instagram news, the Facebook subsidiary is reportedly working on a video-calling feature. According to highly reliable blogger WABetaInfo, Instagram is working on a video calling feature that could change the direction of how the ephemeral picture sharing app works.
The rumored feature will come with the possibility to enable you make video calls to other users of the app. According to WABetaInfo, the video calling functionality will be represented by a new icon that will appear in the navigation bar in the chat, same way it happens it is in WhatsApp.
Upon opening an active chat with another user, the video calling feature becomes accessible. What that means is that you will be able to make video call as long as the other party on the other end has accepted the request to chat, otherwise the icon won’t appear. Once you tap on the icon, the video call will immediately start.