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Instagram source code reveals that the app will have audio and video calls function very soon

It seems that Facebook is determined to squeeze in as much features as possible into Instagram. During the last few weeks it has implemented new features to protect the privacy of its users, now it appears Instagram is preparing to launch audio and video calling function within its Direct messaging system.

As you can see, in the file list, there is a total of 12 icons, which names make it clear what their function would be within Instagram

Ishan Agarwal, a TechCrunch reader went through the files that make up the latest Instagram’s APK for Android and found some new icons and files that confirm the platform will be including an audio and video function to its next update.

APKs often show files for unreleased features that are lying dormant in an app waiting to be surfaced when the company is ready to launch them. 

In other words, the functions are there (or at least partially), only inactive waiting for the company to activate them. The function to integrate GIF animations from the Stories section was discovered in much the same way at the time.

We do not know when they will launch this new feature but if they do, the application will become something much larger than just a social network, completely overtaking its direct rival, Snapchat , after having copied some its features. On how the calls will work, it is not clear either, but it may be necessary for two users to follow each other to be able to call each other. 

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