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Group video calling and stickers support coming to WhatsApp

Group video calling and stickers support coming to WhatsApp

Instagram noted that you don't have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories.

According to Twitter users Jane Wong and Matt Navarra, the app could be getting four new features in the future.

GoPro users, for instance, will now have a direct link to post to Instagram Stories from the GoPro app.

Instagram's testing video calls right now and will expand them to all users "soon". Instagram's announcement says "creative effects from your favorite accounts are coming soon, including Ariana Grande, Baby Ariel, Liza Koshy, Vogue, and Buzzfeed", but doesn't give a specific launch date just yet.

There's going to be a new camera icon at the top of a Direct thread which when tapped will start the video chat. But users said they also want to engage in real-time video sessions in smaller, private groups.

The trend seems to be holding up nicely, as Instagram announced today that it is testing out a new video chat feature.

With the redesigned Explore tab, users will be able to curate what they see on the app, including suggested photos and videos, based on their interests. Click it, and enter the video chat mode with your friends.

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Instagram will also add AR camera effects that were brought to Facebook previous year.

AR camera effects are coming to Instagram. Content will now organized into "topic channels", created to let users browse across their interests, instead of clumping recommended posts in a single view. Here's a quick rundown of these features and more. The app integration with Stories is now in beta.

As users have grown increasingly frustrated with apps like Instagram and Snapchat, they've also considered turning to alternative social media platforms such as Ello and Vero, which promise to put the user experience first above algorithms.

Oh, and stickers are coming if you're interested in that sort of thing.

More than 100 million people worldwide are following hashtags since Instagram added the feature last December.

More apps will soon support the feature as well. We plan to expand this feature and gradually roll out M suggestions for translations to people using Messenger in the United States in the coming weeks.


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