Instagram Code Suggests Upcoming Voice and Video Calling Features

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.



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.



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16 weeks ago
I miss the days when Instagram was just Instagram, the timeline was in proper order, and there were no Android users.
Rating: 12 Votes
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16 weeks 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.
Rating: 11 Votes
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16 weeks 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
Rating: 8 Votes
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16 weeks ago
Bloat bloat bloat.

Pretty soon there will be no difference between Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
Rating: 7 Votes
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16 weeks ago
I cannot think of a single reason why I would ever use Instagram to video call someone. Literally no scenarios.
Rating: 6 Votes
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16 weeks ago

You're making that assumption based on a couple online comments. People against anything are always going to be the most vocal.

The reality is, Instagram has PILES of data supporting the usage of any feature they add. They test it and know that users not only use it but engage with Instagram even more by adding it.

They have real data. You have just assumptions based on your own feelings.

What’s wrong with assumptions based on people’s feelings? This is the comments section of a tech rumor blog (literally the place to share your opinions).
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16 weeks ago
They can't put a simple ipad app together, but they want to put audio calls into an image viewer app?

Facebook product managers really have zero clue what they are doing.
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16 weeks ago

Nobody told you you need all those accounts + apps.

I've been increasingly happy with Instagram over the past few years. This feature could be great as long as they keep it in the Direct page (or the upcoming Direct app, which would be even better) and not spread out everywhere else.

You've seen the other comments I guess, so I figure you noticed that duplicating functionality across Facebook owned apps has become a reality that nobody wants.
You could say nobody is forcing me to use any of these apps. True, that's why I don't have the Facebook app on my iPhone at all. Instagram has become my go to place to see what my friends are up to. It has been great so far, but amassing features upon features in an app that used to be straightforward and clean doesn't serve it well. They tried that with Snapchat and it's a flaming piece of garbage (as if it wasn't already, I'm 31 and I still don't get what the purpose of this app really is, guess I'm not the target audience).
I wouldn't use WhatsApp but even some of my iPhone toting friends insist on using it only adding to the clutter that is my Notification Center.
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16 weeks ago
They'll add the feature to Instagram then will separate it into its own app in a year.
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16 weeks ago
Whatsapp becoming Instagram

Instagram becoming Whatsapp

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Facebook becoming dullshit
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