Instagram is introducing video chat, and is now one step closer to becoming the new “all-in-one” social app. The feature was announced by Mark Zuckerberg himself during F8.
Video chat was a highly expected feature on Instagram after the news it could be introduced broke 2 months ago, when snippets of code and icons were discovered buried deep in the app.
During his F8 speech, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, noted that “quite a few Instagram users already use the platform’s video feature to chat with friends and hang out.” And while Live video is obviously not the best way to have personal video conversations, it shows the interest users have for video chat within the app.
Video chat isn’t yet available in the app but it should be a very straightforward feature, inspired by video calls on Messenger. The above screenshot, taken from Zuckerberg’s presentation at F8, shows a camera icon within chats – a tap on which should be how a video chat gets started.
Video chats are part of numerous new features announced for Instagram during F8, which also include a new Explore tab, “more focused on the things you are interested in.”