Instagram expands new features including polls and shoppable photos

You Might Soon Be Able To Share Your Instagram Stories To Your Facebook Stories

Reportedly Facebook had been testing a new feature that appeared for Portugal users last month.

However, it slightly backfired when everyone flocked to using Instagram stories but Facebook stories did not take off in the same way and ever since Facebook has been trying to direct you to Facebook stories. Us either. Facebook hopes to fix that with a cheat: Allowing Instagram users to cross-post their Instagram Stories to Facebook. Interestingly, the social media giant has also confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature will be officially rolled out for everyone around the world.

If you're a fan of Instagram or Facebook Stories - posts of photos and videos which automatically disappear after 24 hours - you'll now be able to send to both platforms with a single post. "We are always working to make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you", a Facebook spokesperson told the publication.

However, unlike Twitter's voting polls, the Instagram user can actually see who has voted on their Stories.

Google Assistant Released on Play Store, But There's Nothing to Rejoice
In the latest update, Google is pushing the Assistant to the Play Store for a speedier and more streamlined update process. Until now the app used to come pre-installed on Android phones but now you can easily download it and use it.

However, the tie-in could help Facebook enormously. But its safe to say that this feature might be included in future updates. Facebook Stories had gone off to a slow start, but this new integration should see more engagement on the relatively quiet feature of the social networking app.

Yet Stories hasn't been a huge success for the company.

Critics have largely called it a failure, and user ship has been so low that in April the company began displaying grayed-out icons in the Stories section of the app to make it seem less empty.

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