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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Instagram may get voice and video calling feature

Popular photo-sharing app Instagram has been actively trying get new features on board. If a new report is to be believed then the app could soon get calling and video calling feature. According to a report by TechCrunch, Android Application Packages or better known as APKs for “Call” and “Video Call” have been spotted. While it’s not sure when and if these features will actually arrive on the app. However, they could be a part of Instagram’s Direct messaging system.

The recent report reaffirms the claims made by WAbetainfo blog. In January, it was reported that a video call button was spotted, so there might be some substance to these latest set of leaks. TechCrunch further mentioned that an Instagram spokesperson refused to make any comment on the latest rumour.

Instagram recently launched the Giphy GIF sharing feature which too was spotted in an APK sometime last year. With the voice and video calling feature, Instagram could give competition to its biggest rival Snapchat. It is worth mentioning that video calling was launched on Snapchat in 2014. Two years later, Snapchat also added the feature to access audio and video notes.

Instagram has been upping the ante for its video features. A couple of months back it rolled out a new feature to boost its Live Video engagement. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app lets users send a Live Video invitation to friends using the Instagram 'Direct' feature. All they need to do is to tap on the Direct icon. They can send Live Videos they are watching or creating, to users.

"You can now send live videos to friends in Direct. With a single tap of the Direct icon, you can send your own live video — or a live video you're watching — to a friend or a group of friends to encourage them to join in the fun," said Instagram in a blog post.

When users are live, they would need to tap on the 'Direct' icon at the bottom of the screen and send an invitation.
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