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Instagram launches 'walkie-talkie' voice chat feature for direct messages with friends

Tuesday 11/December/2018 - 11:05 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh

Soon، sending a message on Instagram will be as easy as pushing a button، daily mail reported.

The social media platform is set to launch a new voice chat feature on the app that lets users record a message and send it to a friend، according to TechCrunch.

Instagram users can send voice chats back and forth in their direct messages.

Now، in the Instagram app، users can navigate to a private chat with a friend and hold down the microphone button in the message box.

Similar to Apple's iMessage، the recorded message will appear as an audio wave form that recipients can listen to.

Users can record messages that are up to one-minute long.

They also have no expiration date، so recipients can listen to them however many times they want to.

After users stop holding down on the microphone button، the recording will send immediately.

However، users can either hit the trash can button to delete it، or use Instagram's Unsend feature to remove a message after it's been sent to another user.

To send a voice chat, users navigate to a private chat and hold down the microphone button in the message box. Users can record messages that are up to one-minute long

Similar to Apple's iMessage, the recorded message will appear as an audio wave form that recipients can listen to. Once users stop recording, the message will send immediately

Instagram's voice messaging feature is available globally for Android and iOS users starting today.

The feature takes a page from WhatsApp، Voxer and even Instagram's parent company، Facebook، which began letting users send voice chats on Messenger several years ago.

It arrives as more and more people are relying on Instagram as their main social media and messaging app.

Many users who are fans of WeChat and WhatsApp use voice messages as their main form of communication، so bringing the feature to Instagram should be a welcome addition for those users.

What's more، it'll be particularly helpful for users whose languages aren't very compatible with smartphone keyboards، TechCrunch noted.

HOW DOES INSTAGRAM'S NEW AUDIO TOOL WORK?
Instagram is rolling out new features to help the visually impaired navigate the photo sharing app.

The new tools will enable blind or partially sighted users to hear a description of the photos uploaded to the network.

The company is using Artificial Intelligence to write 'alt' text describing the picture in the post، as well as the written caption.

Photo descriptions، known as 'alt text،' are widely used online and are now being built into Instagram to enhance their accessibility.

The text will be read by a screen reader to provide the visually impaired with a 'richer، more complete app experience'.

The first tool uses object recognition technology on pictures to accurately identify and provide an audio description.

The feature will also be available for photos across the users feed as well as their own profile.

For users who don't want AI translating their pictures for them and want to control how their posts are being translated، Instagram also offers a second feature.

When a user uploads a photo، they now have an option to write their own alternative text under the advanced settings.

This also would enable a user to create a more detailed description of a photo when it is being uploaded.

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