Evidence has emerged that Instagram is planning video calling features for the social media app. TechCrunch has unearthed icons from the Android version of the app that seem to point to the new calling and video calling functions likely destined for Instagram's Direct messaging system.

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Files named "call" and "video call" with phone and camera icons were dug up in the app's Android application packages (APKs), which can often reveal components for unreleased functions that are present but not yet live.

The company has been improving its private messaging capabilities at a steady rate, most recently adding live video support. Instagram has also been testing a new standalone app called "Direct" that will be solely focused on direct messaging friends and family members.

The addition of voice and video calling would put Instagram in competition with Snapchat on yet another front. Apart from Stories, Instagram has been working hard to outdo Snapchat with other new features like replay privacy controls, which the latter doesn't currently offer.

Top Rated Comments

H3LL5P4WN Avatar
48 months ago
I miss the days when Instagram was just Instagram, the timeline was in proper order, and there were no Android users.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
windywalks Avatar
48 months ago
This is becoming ridiculous.
A single purpose app is becoming a jack of all trades once more. How many messaging apps do you really need?
I've already had it up to here with notifications from Messenger, Snap, Instagram, WhatsApp and a few more all doing the same basic thing.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmilo Avatar
48 months ago
They r moving all the clutter that made FB horrible to Instagram. I don’t get it. Idiots

There is a special place in hell for those people who came up with the idea to get rid of chronically orders
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xavier Avatar
48 months ago
Bloat bloat bloat.

Pretty soon there will be no difference between Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mollyc Avatar
48 months ago
I cannot think of a single reason why I would ever use Instagram to video call someone. Literally no scenarios.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avieshek Avatar
48 months ago
Whatsapp becoming Instagram

Instagram becoming Whatsapp

..
Facebook becoming dullshit
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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