New Features (Calender View and Slo-mo videos for Stories + 3 more)

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Now Snapchat lets developers create augmented reality lenses and geofilters that users can unlock, but the content creation happens in Snapchat's app. Facebook hopes that by recruiting developers and getting them to build special content users can share to their Stories, it will avoid the feature growing stale from the same old selfies and sunsets. In addition to group video calls, WhatsApp will be adding stickers as well.

Today is F8 (pronounced “eff eight”), which is Facebooks annual developer conference where Instagram has just announced a bunch of new features coming to the platform.

Initial partners include Spotify - so you can share a sticker of songs, playlists or albums to an Instagram Story - and GoPro, to share recent action shots from the GoPro camera app.

Of course, there's no guarantee that any of these features will make their way to Instagram, as they're now just in testing. This will give friends a new way to interact with each other in Instagram.

To start a video chat, simply tap the new camera icon at the top of a Direct thread.

'You can chat one-on-one or with a small group - and you can keep the conversation going for as long as you like, ' Instagram says. You can also minimize the video and continue the chat while doing other things on Instagram.

Instagram also outlined plans for group-based video chats and said it will soon roll out a redesigned version of the app's Explore section to group posts thematically.

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WhatsApp first brought video calling to WhatsApp back in 2016.

AR camera effects are coming to Instagram. Building on that success, the new Explore design is adding topic channels to uncover content on your personal interests and tastes as well as offer more control over content.

Users don't have to connect Instagram with these other apps in order to share content.

'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.

People come to Explore every day to discover new ideas, people, and experiences. Large businesses will also get access to new tools.

What do you think of all the new features coming to Instagram? More apps are expected to add the tool soon.

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