Instagram adds Spotify and GoPro integration, video chat, AR camera effects

Instagram adds Spotify and GoPro integration, video chat, AR camera effects

Instagram adds Spotify and GoPro integration, video chat, AR camera effects

Facebook's Instagram is letting third parties tap into the social network's 800 million-plus user base in new ways - including letting Spotify and other apps share directly into Instagram Stories and opening up augmented-reality camera effects to partners. Should you choose to use them, well, that's up to you. You can minimize the people you're chatting with and continue to search and explore Instagram and people you chat with can't see your screen.

You can read all about the current and upcoming new Instagram features by visiting the company's press site.

"This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person's appearance or character, as well as threats to a person's well-being or health", the Instagram team wrote Tuesday. For example, if you follow a lot of cat Instagram profiles, there might be an Animals section on the Explore page.

Video chats are just one of the many new features coming to the app. Creators can make their own face filters and world effects using AR Studio and share them with their followers who view it.

'That means you turn any video into a National Basketball Association dunkcam or add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians to fluff up your photo, ' Instagram says.

In addition, Instagram said it's redesigning the Explore section of the app, which will roll out over the next few weeks.

Jumping over to Instagram, this year's F8 was also used to announce that it'll be updated with video chat support. That let developers push stories about your in-app activity to Facebook's ticker and News Feed. Personalized content that's based on your interests will also still be present, just laid out in a new format.

As users have grown increasingly frustrated with apps like Instagram and Snapchat, they've also considered turning to alternative social media platforms such as Ello and Vero, which promise to put the user experience first above algorithms. You don't have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories'. If Facebook can get companies to come up with unique and interesting ideas for AR, then it might be able to carve out a spot for itself in a market that's only going to get more crowded as time goes on.

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