As Zuckerberg noted during his keynote address, video calling is already one of the most popular features on WhatsApp. 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. Users will be able to video chat with their friends on Instagram, as long as the friend still accepts direct messages.
With the new video-chat feature, Intagram users must tap the new camera icon at the top of a direct-messaging thread. "It's fantastic how many of these tools are about bringing us together", Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted in his F8 keynote today. Using this feature will not display posts from the selected profiles until, of course, you choose to unmute. First and foremost is video calling, which is now in a testing phase and will roll out globally in the coming months.
Video chats can also be minimised so users can continue browsing the app while chatting.
The third feature is the Video Calling.
Facebook is also adding a Watch Party feature, which means you can watch and comment on videos in realtime with your friends.
If you see a new effect in Stories from an account you follow and want to try it yourself, just tap "Try it on" and the tool will be added to your tray.
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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.
A Slow-Mo mode might also be coming to Instagram Stories, if Jane Manchun Wong's screenshots are anything to go by. This would archive all your Stories, so you can see what you posted on which day of the month and view them back.
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In just days following the announcement, a petition titled Keep Instagram Chronological was born, and it gathered 158,298 supporters in 72 hours. That's because the smartphone's ability to display augmented realities has made it a flawless testbed for Facebook to build up its technology ahead of the computing platform it believes will make the idea worthwhile: AR headsets.
While now archive posts (images and videos) for Instagram Stories are available in the form of a list with date tags, Instagram is reportedly looking to change the UI, just a bit, to help users arrange the archive better.
Instagram says the new integrations on Instagram will also work when posting Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories and there will be more apps in the near future that will be integrated to Instagram Stories like Spotify and GoPro. From there you can edit and share to your story or feed. We certainly think they'll add value to the app, so we hope they do come to fruition.