Instagram soon to feature voice and video calling

Instagram Voice Video Calling Features Spotted Reports

TechCrunch reported files and icons labelled "Call" and "Video Call" were decompiled from the app's Android application packages (APKs), which usually contain code of soon-to-be launched features.

The most popular Instagram app allows users to peek into friends' and other celebrities lives and also offers sharing stories, photos via Direct Messaging (it combines ephemeral and permanent image sharing and was introduced in April 2017).

The addition of voice and video calling would make instagram a better chat alternative to Snapchat, which first launched video calling in 2014 and enhanced the feature with easier access plus audio and video notes in 2016. Right now, Instagram has not revealed anything about the features.

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The new feature would be another backhand compliment for the rival, which already supports video and voice calling.

Instagram has been working hard to leapfrog Snapchat with new features like replay privacy controls that Snapchat lacks. A report from TechCrunch (spotted by a Twitter user-Ishan Agarwal), cites multiple references for voice and video calls in the latest Instagram for Android alpha release as well on Instagram Direct Android app. So it comes as a little surprise to see the Facebook-owned app is taking a direct shot at Snapchat by introducing voice and video calling features. Meanwhile, Snapchat has over 187 million daily active users.

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