Instagram is on a ride. The Facebook-owned company is working on several new features. The company has introduced a set of new features that are currently available to all the users. Video Chat in Instagram direct, Topic Channels on Explore and New Camera Effects are the features the company is currently rolling out to the users.
Video Chat on Instagram Direct:
Just like Skype and WhatsApp, this is a much-awaited feature. You can video chat in Instagram Direct, either with just one person or a group. You can seamlessly connect across iOS and Android even without a phone number.
- To start a video chat, swipe into your Direct inbox and open any message thread
- Tap the new camera icon in the right corner, and the video chat will ring your friends’ phones
- While on the video chat, you can minimize the video and multitask on Instagram, sending messages and photos in Direct, browsing your feed, posting a story and more.
Topic Channels on Explore
This is basically a gives you ways to discover your interest on Instagram.
When you open the page, you’ll see a tray at the top with personalized channels. This includes a ‘For You’ channel, which has a mix of posts tailored to your interests. You’ll also see channels on topics you might like such as Art, Sports, Beauty or Fashion – as well as a list of hashtags, giving you more ways to explore your interests. Now, when you want to get inspired by the latest fashion trends or discover a new travel destination, you can easily find posts you’re looking for and follow those accounts or hashtags.
-Instagram Official Blog
New Camera Effects
new camera effects designed by Ariana Grande, Buzzfeed, Liza Koshy, Baby Ariel and NBA in the Instagram camera will make your friends laugh or add some glam to your selfies, you now have more ways to express yourself and feel closer to your favorite accounts.
You’ll see a new effect in your Instagram camera if you follow any of these accounts — just tap the face icon at the bottom right corner. If you aren’t a follower but you see an effect that you love, you can tap to try it on and add it to your camera.