Today Instagram is rolling out new alpha and beta updates with versions 55.0.0..0.7 and 18.104.22.168.82 respectively. There isn't a changelog provided for the beta, so let's check out the one for the alpha.
- You can now video chat in Instagram Direct. Swipe into an existing thread and tap the video icon on the top right to video chat with up to four people. (ALPHA ONLY)
- At the top of Explore, you'll now see a tray of topic channels personalized to your interests. (We covered it in the previous report)
- With IGTV, you can now watch long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators. Tap the new icon at the top right of feed to get started. Basically, now you can watch IGTV content directly from the Instagram app.
Also, the video chat feature that was added previously is quite nice. It's really simple to use and straight away. The only thing I've noticed is that you must have messaged the contact you want to call before it shows you the call button.
As you can see, the changelog they have provided us with is quite repetitive - we got some of the same features earlier. Hey, Instagram! Start providing us with proper changelogs, please.
Note: Some of these changes are server-side, so you may not get them right away.
What are your thoughts on the newly released features? Please, let us know.