Instagram Kicks Off New Features, 'Focus' Camera Format

Instagram Kicks Off New Features, 'Focus' Camera Format

Instagram is not new to the world of copying Snapchat's core features, and it has even turned into a leader in the ephemeral messaging segment with over 300 million monthly active users. The feature was spotted in testing by an Instagram user named Genady Okrain, who has shared screenshots, and more details on how the feature will work on mobile application. No problem; the tool will let you pick a color gradient background, a pattern or a selfie spruced up with AR filters. The "focus" option will appear upon opening the app, next to the "superzoom" button at the bottom of the screen. As soon as there's someone in the shot, the person will stay in focus while the background softly blurs. That's compared to Apple's portrait mode that only works on the iPhone 7+, 8+, and X, and Android portrait mode that exists on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

For starters, a new "Focus" camera format will help users take more captivating self-portraits by blurring everything in the background.

"Today's update also brings the "@mention" sticker to iOS for Stories.

Commonwealth Games 2018: Simbine upstages Blake, Ahye makes history
Bronte Campbell trumped sister Cate to win Gold in the 100m Freestyle, smashing the Games record in a powerhouse performance. Four years ago, the quartet of Esme Steyn, Susan Nel, Santjie Steyn, and Tracy-Lee Botha won gold at Glasgow 2014.

The motive behind Nametags would be to make it easier for people to visually promote their Instagram accounts. It works for videos, too.

While its parent company faces a grilling on Capitol Hill, Instagram is rolling out some fun new features to keep users amused. Just like adding emoji to photos and videos, you can select the Mention sticker, use the typeahead to find a friend's username and tag them in a resizable sticker. Interestingly, the users can also edit their Nametags using the Editor.

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