(Pocket-Lint) – The craze for clubhouse-style audio rooms seems to be nowhere. Instagram is the latest major social media app that is apparently starting to prepare a competing feature.
The ability to send your voice to followers and friends without worrying about live streaming video has caught the crowd’s attention, and new images suggest that Instagram will be vying for a goal.
App researcher Alessandro Paluzzi has posted pictures of novelties in the Instagram app showing how users can select a microphone icon to start a broadcast, just like an Instagram Live.
– Alessandro Paluzzi (@ alex193a) March 6, 2021
It wouldn’t be the most complicated addition as you can imagine, and these pictures suggest that Instagram is at a fairly advanced stage of development, so Clubhouse may have a new competitor sooner rather than later.
In slightly less lively news, but equally encouraging to some users, Instagram is also working on end-to-end encryption for its chat functionality, according to the same source, Paluzzi.
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This would be a welcome improvement, especially given the apparent and growing involvement of Instagram with the broader Facebook system and some people’s suspicions about this network’s data usage.
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