Facebook announced a series of new features focused on improving communication on Instagram and Messenger.
This update comes loaded with new themes, stickers, and more options to communicate with friends and contacts.
Instagram and Messenger add new chat features
One of the new features you will find in this update is the ability to send a photo or video as a “visual reply”. So when you are chatting with your friends in the chat, you will be able to respond to any of the photos and videos in the same way.
An option that is being released on iOS, but we will have to wait to see it in the Android app. And continuing with the actions you can perform from a swipe, Messenger adds the ability to archive conversations by simply swiping the chats.
And don’t worry, you won’t have to go round and round to find the archived chats since Instagram will add a specific folder for this purpose. Does it bother you to hold down the record button to send a voice note in Messenger? Then you’ll be happy to know that it will no longer be necessary because it will be enough to tap once on the microphone icon.
This freehand dynamic for your audios will also be added to Instagram in the future, so you’ll be able to record your voice messages while you’re in multitasking mode, no problem. And as a bonus, a small feature is added to Instagram to the inbox to let you know if your contacts have read your DMs.
On the other hand, new options are added for those who like to customize chats and add new stickers to conversations. For example, this update adds two new chat themes: Selena: the series and Star Wars, as well as stickers alluding to the Asian Pacific American Heritage.