As per a series of tweets by user, Facebook-owned Instagram seems to be testing quite a handful of features in an attempt to take on competitors by offering as much functionality as possible. This feature, Zuckerberg said, is just the latest in the company's aims to create "new ways for people to connect privately with close friends, groups, and businesses". This can be initiated by tapping the video icon at the top corner of any Direct Message thread whether its with another individual or a small group.
Instagram video chat will allow one-on-one conversations as well as group chats.
'You can also minimize the video and continue the chat while doing other things on Instagram'.
Instagram will also roll out Video Chat and a new Explore section in the upcoming weeks. Building on that success, the new Explore design is adding topic channels to uncover content on your personal interests and tastes as well as offer more control over content. If a user you follow likes to occasionally bulk upload, muting their profile, rather than unfollowing them, may be beneficial.
'That means you turn any video into a National Basketball Association dunkcam or add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians to fluff up your photo, ' Instagram says.
Facebook also announced today that it is opening up its camera effects platform - announced during last year's F8 conference - to Instagram in closed beta.
Recent, Instagram announced that soon users will be able to store their data just like Facebook.
A Slow-Mo mode might also be coming to Instagram Stories, if Jane Manchun Wong's screenshots are anything to go by. From there, they can edit and add to the Story or send it to a friend via direct messaging.
This will allow you to show others what you're listening to, for example, or action shots from GoPro. The song, album, or playlist you've chosen will then be presented with a sticker that you can move, resize, and rotate.