Instagram is reportedly working on a feature that allows users to reply to stories with voice messages and images, according to details shared by the feature tracker. The image and video sharing social platform recently added support for liking stories, which will send notifications to users instead of new messages in their inbox. While the company has yet to reveal any details about the features being developed, it recently introduced a new product tagging feature for consumers in the U.S., previously exclusive to business accounts and creators on the platform.
Meta -owned social networks are working on new features that may allow users to reply to stories with their voice or an image, as seen by popular app developer Alessandro Paluzzi over the weekend. The microphone icon and image icon are shown in the interface screenshot to reply to the Instagram story, which may have been discovered by the app’s reverse engineering. The screenshot does not reveal whether the feature is detected on the iOS or Android version of the app.
Replying using a voice message can be useful for users who want to reply to a message quickly without typing it. This can shorten the process of tapping on a user’s profile at the top of their story, then tapping on Message button on their profile to send a voice message or image after viewing the story.
Users can currently reply to a story with one of eight ‘Quick Reaction’ emojis, a text message or a GIF reply. Paluzzi revealed on March 25 that Instagram is also working on the ability to like stories on the site, after recently releasing a feature on iOS and Android. However, keep in mind that not all features in development, such as the ability to reply to stories with voice and image messages, will eventually be released. Instagram has yet to reveal any details of the features detected in development for the mobile version of its app.
Meanwhile, Instagram recently rolled out its product tagging feature to all users in the U.S., allowing users to tag products in their posts on the service. The app previously limited the feature to users with a creator or business account. Instagram is expected to roll out the feature to users in other regions in the coming months. Earlier this month, Instagram also launched automatically generated captions for videos shared by users, a feature also found on rival video sharing service TikTok.
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