Instagram is testing new features in its app and users might soon be able to use them. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong unveiled the experimental features on her blog.
Earlier this year, during the F8 conference, a host of new features were announced by Facebook, which is the parent company of Instagram. Jane, however, revealed additional, previously unrevealed features on her blog.
The features include a new Story Camera Mode, a redesigned Boomerang and Layout for Stories. Alongwith that, there are plans for a new and improved Comment Sharing and Notification Filters. There are also plans for bringing ‘Apps and websites’ settings available to the website users to the Instagram app.
According to Ms Wong, Instagram is testing new icons for Stories so that it is easy for the users to differentiate among various modes.
Furthermore, there might be new additions to the Boomerang feature of the app, which will comprise various options such as Hold, Dynamic, Slowmo, among others. Boomerang will be more exciting with the addition of these new features.
Instagram is testing new Boomerang, new Layout mode for Stories, a new set of colorful icons for Story Camera modes and more!
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 15, 2019
To make the stories even more interesting, Instagram might update the app with several new grid layouts, where the users can make their stories more aesthetically pleasing.
Sometimes some comments are worth sharing. Instagram might soon roll out a feature where the users can share specific comments. As per the blog, Instagram is still testing this feature, and if it is released, there will be a Share button alongwith the usual Reply button.
In addition to the features mentioned above, Instagram is working on filtering the notifications on the Activity tab, so that the users get the desired notification and instead of the previously mixed notification. According to Ms Wong’s finding, users can also only see their Comments notifications.
Lastly, Instagram might also bring the ‘Apps and websites’ settings, which was previously only available to web users, to the app. This will help users in managing and reviewing the third-party apps as well as websites.
It is not precisely clear when will the new features arrive. However, going by the recent trends of Ms Wong’s findings and the company making those findings official, you might see these features being announced by Instagram by next month.
Former Senior Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant has a keen interest in social issues and international relations.