Instagram adding video calls, a new Explore page, and more

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Of course, there's no guarantee that any of these features will make their way to Instagram, as they're now just in testing. To access it, users can tap on a new camera at the top of any direct message thread. Presumably, it'll be a familiar process to other apps that support group video calls. Not one to be outdone, WhatsApp also announced a group video chat feature is on the way, via Android Central.

Video chats can also be minimised so users can continue browsing the app while chatting. There were reports that the service might add a video chat feature to the app and that's precisely what it has announced today. No, this feature is not for muting audio or video, instead it will allow users to mute posts from certain profiles in their feed, without having to unfollow them.

For example, Instagrammers will be able to try out Kylie Jenner's favorite lipstick colors in their selfies; add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians from Jiffpom; or turn any video into an NBA "DunkCam" moment. Creators can make their own face filters and world effects using AR Studio and share them with their followers who view it.

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

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People come to Explore every day to discover new ideas, people, and experiences.

Another key new feature coming to Instagram is that of video chat that lets users talk on-on-one or in a small group.

There's also a new Explore tab in the app. If you find a topic you like, you can see related hashtags. Personalized content that's based on your interests will also still be present, just laid out in a new format.

In just days following the announcement, a petition titled Keep Instagram Chronological was born, and it gathered 158,298 supporters in 72 hours. The company said that more apps will be integrated with Instagram in the future. This will pull the content you want to share directly into the built-in Instagram camera app. Users will be able to edit or share right then and there and can even send it in a Direct Message, too. You don't have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories. Even more, a new kind of filter will be available as well, that will give users the opportunity to do things like try on different shades of Kylie Jenner's lip kit in a selfie or add realistic GIF's to images and videos.

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