Newsletter: Voice and Video Calling For Instagram? & Alexa Becomes Unresponsive

Newsletter: Voice and Video Calling For Instagram? & Alexa Becomes Unresponsive

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you look at the history of technology over a couple hundred years, it’s all about time compression and making the globe smaller. It’s had positive effects, all the ones that we know. So we’re much less likely to have the kind of terrible misunderstandings that led to World War I, for example.” ~  Eric Schmidt

INSTAGRAM SOON LAUNCHING  VOICE AND VIDEO CALLING

THE STORY

Instagram’s code reveals that it might have voice and video calling feature in future.

WILL INSTAGRAM LAUNCH VOICE AND VIDEO CALLING FEATURE?

Instagram has been working on making itself lovable by its users. Until now, you were only able to post your photos and videos and also add a story to your Instagram. However, the files on both Instagram and Instagram Direct’s Android Application Packages (or APKs) suggests soon you will be able to use “Call” and “Video Call” function.

Note: . APKs usually display files for unreleased features that are inactive in an app waiting to appear when the company is ready to launch them.

instagram voice and video call

Earlier, you can send Direct Messages to your followers and follow but now you can make audio and video calls as well, making Instagram a complete Chatting app.

Rumors of Instagram getting the call and video call function are not new. But there was nothing more than a theory to support the story.  However, when Instagram was asked about the speculations, they chose not to answer.

Now the button icons are publicly available in APK format, making it hard for the company to refuse the release.

WHEN IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OTHER APPS AND INSTAGRAM FEATURES?

Well, Instagram with the release of all these features will become a unique app which will open a rift of communication. SnapChat also has video calling feature with a variety of famous AR filters but it doesn’t have only calling feature. In addition to this, Whatsapp and Skype allow you to make calls but they fail to provide the visual stimulation like Instagram.

With all this, it is safe to Instagram’s efforts to make itself popular is one of the reasons for the stagnated growth of SnapChat. Instagram is a medium to look into your friend’s lives. You can get, daily adventures on Stories, weekly highlights in the feed, monologues on Live, Messages in Direct and more. If calling features get added to Instagram, it will be another jewel added to the crown.


ALEXA UNABLE TO RESPOND TO YOUR COMMANDS

THE STORY

Alexa becomes unresponsive.

WHAT WERE THE ISSUES?

You must have seen the Amazon’s big Super Bowl ad wherein Amazon’s Alexa pretends to lose her voice but turns out it has lost its voice for real as well. In other words, Alexa has become unresponsive for some of the customers.

When users are trying to interact with Alexa since the issue came into being, the results that came up are  “I’m not sure what went wrong,”  or “Sorry, something went wrong,” or a chiming sound and the message, “Sorry, your Echo Dot lost its connection.”

Some of the users have informed that they see a red ring instead of a blue color ring on the Echo device.

WHY DID IT HAPPEN?

According to the various reports, this issue could be related to Alexa’s voice recognition servers, having technical issues. With all being said, some of the Twitter users have also reported that they are able to use Alexa services through the app. In other words, even if you can’t talk to your voice assistant, she can get the commands via your smartphone.

Amazon has not released any official statement but when a user talked to Amazon’s support team, one of the representatives confirmed that the issue is known to the company and it should get resolved within the next two hours of the day.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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