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Instagram adds video chat to its host of features

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By Minda Smiley | Reporter

May 1, 2018 | 3 min read

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Instagram is rolling out video chat in addition to a number of other new features.

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According to the Facebook-owned app, video chat will be available to users in the “coming weeks.” The feature, which will support both one-on-one and group chats, will also give users the option to minimize the video and continue the chat while doing other things on Instagram.

In addition to video chat, users will now also be able to post content from apps like Spotify and GoPro directly to Instagram Stories.

“Just tap the share button in the Spotify or GoPro app and your content is pulled directly into the Instagram camera,” the company said in a statement. “From there you can edit and add to your story or send it via Direct. You don’t have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories.”

Instagram will also soon be rolling out a redesigned Explore page organized around topic channels like ‘animals,’ ‘photography’ and ‘architecture.’

In September of last year, Instagram said it had 800 million monthly users.

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