Instagram rolls out group video calling
Goodbye Facetime, hello Instagram 👋
Posted on June 26, 2018 6:22 PM.
Last month at F8, Facebook's annual developer conference, Facebook announced video calling was coming to Instagram, and would allow you to chat with up to four of your friends.
Now, it's rolling out to everyone on both iOS, and Android.
Anyone you're in a Direct conversation with (i.e. neither of you have blocked the other) can start a video conversation, by tapping the camera icon in the top right corner.
Like so many other recent Instagram features, group video calling is something many of its competitors did first. Snapchat introduced the feature in April and Facebook Messenger has had the feature since 2016. But, even though they're late to the game, none of Instagram's non-Facebook owned competitors come even close to its size (Instagram just passed 1 billion users).
It seems like everyone is doing video calling now, with Facetime adding support for up to 32 (!) people on a call, and Houseparty announcing an app for macOS. Now, with video calling on Instagram, the app is becoming a powerhouse for all kinds of social needs.
In addition to video calling, Instagram is rolling out customer AR filters for Stories.
Much like Snapchat, the AR filters augment your face and surroundings, ...
... and Instagram is adding support for third-parties to create even more.
The VergeNick Statt
It’s starting the launch with ones from Ariana Grande, the NBA, and BuzzFeed, among others.
Instagram hasn't announced when (or if) face filters are coming to video chat, so until then, try Panda, an app that lets you talk with superpowers 🐼
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