Instagram rolling out Focus camera format to Android and iOS, along with Mention sticker on iOS

Instagram is rolling out ‘Focus’ camera format feature to both Android and iOS along with @mention sticker on iOS. Once you update the app, and open the camera from Instagram you will see the new “Focus” option next to “Superzoom” under the record button and using @mention you can instantly take portraits of yourself or friends that you will want to share the new ‘Focus’ camera format.

Using the Focus feature you can take a selfie or switch to the back-facing camera to find a friend. When the person stays in the frame the app recognizes it and softly blurs the background making sure they stand out in a striking way.
You can simply tap to take a photo or tap and hold to record a video. When you’re done, you can add creative tools like filters, stickers and text to your photo or video before sending to your friends on Instagram Direct or adding to your story. As, of now the Focus feature is available on iPhone SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X and select Android devices.

Instagram is also bringing @mention sticker on iOS which makes it easier to connect with friends in your stories. After you’ve taken a photo or video in your stories camera, open the sticker tray, tap the @mention sticker, start typing the name of the account you want to mention and select from the options that appear. You can then rotate, scale and place your sticker wherever you’d like.

 Last, month they introduced the Instagram Show Activity Status feature to let you view the ‘Last Seen’ of other users. As, well as Instagram and Facebook profiles are linked and thus it is very easy to upload a photo from Instagram to your Facebook profile. There could still be chances where people don’t want to link their Instagram and Facebook. If you are also feeling so, you can unlink your Instagram and Facebook posts.

This update is available as part of Instagram version 39.0 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.

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