Any users interested in sending or receiving payments through Instagram would simply need to add their add their debit or credit card information to start making exchanges through the platform. The feature, which is already accessible to some users, will achieve Instagram's transformation into a shopping powerhouse. With Instagram payments, Facebook is mainly looking out to take on Snapchat's Snapcash feature, which also let users shop within the app itself.
WhatsApp for iOS now allows users to watch Facebook, Instagram videos within the app. Version 2.18.51 now adds in-line video playback of Facebook, Instagram videos without navigating away from the windows.
The messaging app is owned by Facebook, and was purchased back in 2014 for $1.5 billion.
If the native payments feature works out well, Instagram can turn into a major player in online retail.
Mark Zuckerberg also announced at the F8 Conference that a group video calling feature will be made available to all the users of Whatsapp very soon. When we asked Instagram, a spokesperson confirmed that native payments for booking appointments like at restaurants or salons is now live for a limited set of partners. Once the in-app payments feature is expanded to more businesses, it could encourage many business profiles to give users the option to purchase their products or services directly via Instagram.
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'We plan to continue evolving Instagram business profiles.
We have witnessed many new features in WhatsApp after its acquisition by the Facebook and all these features are being loved by the users, we have seen the better privacy control features, new status/stories, way better interface and now the UPI based payments feature.
Unlike the Messenger and WhatsApp payments feature, the Instagram feature isn't about peer-to-peer payments. This means users will be able to book movie tickets via the Instagram app.
Writing in a blog post at the time, a spokesman said: 'People come to Instagram to follow their passions - from travel and fashion to food, entertainment and everything in between.
If Instagram brings this in a full-fledged manner for all its users, this will change the buying patterns of a lot of young users.