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Instagram rolls out new AR effects, Stories features and Explore redesign

Instagram rolls out new AR effects, Stories features and Explore redesign

After addition of voice and video calling, WhatsApp will be now treated to group video calls, which will be rolled out in the coming months. The feature will roll-out over the coming weeks.

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

Users will be able to use video chat for solo conversations as well as with small groups. One can minimize the video chat tab and continue to type in the text chat option.

So start sharing the stories that your smartphone just can't capture - underwater shots from your pool party, hands-free video on a bike trail, chasing your kids around the playground or that insane thing you did on holiday.

"More than 100 million Instagrammers watch or share on Live every day".

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One of the biggest announcements was that Instagram users can now share to Stories straight from other platforms and apps.

The company announces that the first two apps to be integrated into Stories are Spotify and GoPro.

Apart from "Spotify" and "GoPro", more apps will be added to the "sharing to Stories" feature soon, Instagram said in a statement on Tuesday. From there they can edit and add to their story or send it via Direct. Instagram stated it had updates on the way people share their moments on stories, connecting with friends over video and discovering new interests on Explore. Instagram has taken advantage of Facebook's Camera Effects Platform to bring AR effects and copied Snapchat. The photo-sharing app will soon receive AR camera effects that will offer face filters and world effects to the users. The new AR Effects feature is rolling out in phases and you should see it at the earliest on the Instagram application. If you see an effect you like being used by someone else, you'll be able to tap "Try it now" in that person's story and add the effect to your tray for later usage. Launch partners now include Kylie Jenner, NBA, Jiffpom, Liza Koshy, Baby Ariel, Ariana Grande, Vogue and BuzzFeed. A lot of people daily use Explore tab to know more about different people, to get inspiration or to know more about public figures. Although how many users can participate in a group chat is not yet revealed by the source.

Instagram users will now be able to hide abusive comments.

Instagram is also allowing users to utilize AR camera effects based on their CAmera Effects Platform. This new comment filter is now turned on by default and can be turned off in the Comment Controls section of the Instagram Settings page. The filter will identify comments on appearance or threatening remarks and remove them.


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