Instagram Adds In-App Payments Feature

Newly added support for picture-in-picture means you can also watch the Facebook or Instagram video as you navigate between different messaging threads in WhatsApp.

The app update also features new group administrator functions - if you're the group admin of a group, you can now revoke rights from other participants by simply selecting the user in "Group Info" and then selecting "Dismiss As Admin".

WhatsApp fans look set to see a controversial change coming to the Android and iOS chat app. There is no word yet when the same is set to be rolled out for Android though this could just be a matter of time for the update arriving on the Google-owned platform as well.

Booking restaurants and buying new clothes may be about to get a lot easier, thanks to a new feature being quietly rolled out on Instagram.

It is worth to note that the app already allows playing YouTube videos with the conversation. Previously whenever an Instagram video link or a Facebook video link was shared on WhatsApp, it used to open in the respective applications. The app has been updated so that it can now play Facebook and Instagram videos itself without having to make the user jump between the separate app. At present, the "Resy" feature is only available for selected users in the USA and UK. A maximum of four people can do video and voice calls at once. Secondly, the administrator can also change the group's subject, icon, and description in "Group Settings". With the introduction of group video calling, Facebook certainly hopes that the messaging app will become more popular. However, in case Instagram decides to fully expand its in-app payments feature soon, Snapchat may see its growth numbers fall further in the future.

However, it was the 2016 introduced end-to-end encryption that was a big thorn in Facebook's side since it restricted them from providing WhatsApp data to businesses and more. The native in-app payment feature combined with in-app purchases can, therefore, be more easily accessible and attractable for all the users. During the F8 conference, Zuckerberg also revealed that 450 million people are using WhatsApp's status feature worldwide.

  • Essie Rivera