WhatsApp gets group video calls, video chat coming to Instagram

Features like the new augmented reality (AR) filters are already rolling out while options like the video chat and new Explore are now in testing. Some phones have a slow-motion video mode integrated into the camera already, but Instagram may bring the ability to all phones - or at least those with compatible software.

Instagrammers can find the new effects by spotting them in Stories.

In addition to these video chats, Instagram is also getting an improved Explore tab, and a new filter to protect users from bullying comments.

During Facebook's F8 developer conference Tuesday, the company revealed a new feature that allows individuals to share Spotify content via their Instagram Stories. It's the de facto place for people to share pictures of nearly everything. You can also minimize the video and continue the chat while doing other things on Instagram. Soon, you'll be able to call someone within your DMs and talk to them over a video call.

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.

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In other Instagram news, the company is also making it easier for you to share content from other apps.

Instagram's camera will soon be good for much more than sharing snapshots and Stories, as the photo-sharing platform dips into video chat and more augmented reality filters. We'll share more information when this begins testing later this year. Facebook is taking this more cautious approach with Stories too rather than make users worry their guilty pleasure listening or private imagery could be unknowingly shared to their Story.

Facebook today also mentioned that they are bringing stickers support to WhatsApp in the coming months.

What do you think of all the new features coming to Instagram? A new camera icon will be available on the platform. You can then tap on one of those topics to see related content.

Topics are being added to Instagram's new Explore design. Instagram noted that you don't have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories. This feature will be known as Instagram Calling.

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