Nametags is Instagram's Version of Snapchat QR Codes

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The app also has a new way of mentioning other users in stories with a sticker.

Instagram has a new feature that puts faces or objects in the frame in focus and blurs out the background.

According to a report by TechCrunch, Instagram has started testing a feature called Nametags that's a clone of Snapcodes. It looks like our assumption was dead on, as today Instagram announced Focus, a portrait mode camera feature for select Android devices.

Focus works for the iPhone SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+, and X. Focus works on "select Android devices" as well.


Ever since Apple introduced the portrait mode in iPhone, various OEMs have come up with their own equivalent camera feature in their smartphones.

While in Focus mode, frame a portrait with either your front-facing or rear-facing camera and you'll notice that the background is automatically softly blurred by the app while the subject (or subjects) remains in focus. Yes, Focus mode supports videos too! Once you're done, you can also add filters, stickers, and text to the photo or video before posting it on Instagram or sending it to friends through Instagram Direct.

When you open the camera function within Instagram, you will see the "Focus" option next to the "Superzoom", both of which are below the record button. In a similar fashion, there's another new feature coming out for iOS only. That lets people tap through to view their profile, and generates a notification to the tagged user. They can share it on other social media networks, or even print it out, which would allow other users to follow them just by scanning it.

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