Facebook-owned Social platform Instagram has started rolling out the new attributes(features) like Custom Camera AR-enabled effects, Group video chat up to 4 friends through Instagram direct and personalized topic channels feed. Although all these updates were announced by the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in last month at an F8 developer conference.
Now Instagram has started to roll out these new features across both the platform iOS and Android with an aim to bring even closer to people and there likes. These new features will thump on the Snapchat, Facetime and Houseparty existing services.
By increasing the user base, Instagram is making it one destination for their users. As recently we saw that Instagram had launched many functionality features like feed stories, intsa messaging, Live IGTV and now video calling. The average user spending time on the app has also increased from 29mins to 55 mins today.
Before moving ahead mentioning about in details about the features, there are some other alternatives for Instagram Video Calling:
Snapchat- up to 16 friends
Facetime- up to 32 friends(coming in ios12)
Houseparty- up to 8 friends per room
Video Chat(Insta Direct)
Well, Instagram has made this functionality available for all users who want video chat one-on-one or small group chat without exchanging the number across other platforms iOS or Android. This functionality can be used in Insta Direct tab.
However to start the Video chat swipe to direct inbox tab, open the required thread and tap on the camera icon on the top right, to enable video chat. They have enabled some other features too like in any case other person didn’t miss out your call, they have made notification mode as video call will ring on another person phone. The second one is user can minimize the video chat in order can carry out some other tasks simultaneously like browsing your profile, sending messages and media or much more.
Moreover, you can chat with anyone through insta direct, via a message first to start the video chat. A user will get notified about active status, a camera icon will turn into blue. You can block any users by simply mute the notification through gear icon on the profile, will stop getting you the notification. Other users can easily be added to ongoing video chat.
Personalized Topic Channels
With increasing the users count to daily 200 million on-topic channel Instagram has customized the Explore feed. Simply when you open the page, you will see the horizontal tray at the top of the page. That will display the channels like Art, Sports, Beauty or Fashion and many more. Apart from that, it includes ‘For You’ item which featured the content based on your interest, personalized experience, trends and new ideas.
Below that popular and trending hashtags are mentioned on the feed, that’s innovative idea for exploring the feed or content. If you don’t want to see any card or channel, can simply mute the notification by simply pressing of holding the channel to get the option. The Muted channels move to the end of the tray and can be mute off at any time.
Custom AR Camera Filters
Seems like Instagram wants to assault its own Facebook product, as it as earlier available to it only but now has come out to Instagram too. It made allowed to partner celebrities and brands to create custom AR filters, stickers and much more. From the first update, you will get the filters designed by Ariana Grande, Buzzfeed, Liza Koshy, Baby Ariel, NBA and some other.
But the most important thing you will be able to see that custom effects or filters from famous celebrities only then when you follow them. In any case, you don’t want to see your favourite effects, you can simply tap on try it and can be added to you Insta camera.