Instagram Direct, the area of the service where you chat with your friends either one-on-one or in group settings, is getting a new feature today.
It's basically a carbon copy of the walkie-talkie like system that Facebook Messenger has had for the past five years. It works exactly the same, it has the same limitations, everything. And since Facebook owns Instagram, it's baffling that it took this long to incorporate the feature.
Starting today you should see a new microphone icon in your group or one-to-one chats in Direct. Hold that and you can record voice messages up to one minute in length. The instant you stop holding the mic icon the voice message will be sent. If you want to discard it instead, just move your finger to the trash icon that shows up while you're recording.
The new feature should be live in Instagram for both Android and iOS.