As per indications from codes in Instagram, the Facebook owned photo-sharing network is testing a voice and video calling feature. Although Instagram has not announced it officially yet, files titled “call” and “video call” with phone and camera icons respectively have been found in its Android application packages (APKs).
APKs usually contain code of soon-to-be launched features. According to a report on the latest development by TechCrunch, the call and video call files are found in the standalone Instagram Direct app.
In January, WhatsApp industry blog WABetaInfo had hinted that Instagram could potentially allow its users who chat on Instagram DM to also make voice calls. The latest codes found in the Android APKs make it much more clear that Instagram will definitely roll out the awaited features in the coming days.
With the addition of voice and video calling, Instagram may soon be in competition with its biggest rival, Snapchat.
Snapchat has been heavily criticized recently for redesigning its platform, in a bid to be more accessible to a bigger audience. Instagram has a good opportunity in its hands with this backlash to launch these new call features. Also, the introduction of Instagram Stories, back in 2016 was regarded by some as a direct copy of Snapchat’s signature snap that lets its user’s string photos and video together.
Instagram would resemble Snapchat even more so when it launches these two new features on its platform.