Instagram Working on 'Direct' Spin-off App For Messaging

Instagram Working on 'Direct' Spin-off App For Messaging

In the same way, you can open or access Direct app from the main Instagram app. The Direct messaging system that was upgraded to replicate Snapchat functionality just earlier this year may become a standalone app supposed to offer you a Snapchat like chatting system that won't interfere with the main goal of Instagram.

Instagram is now testing Direct, a standalone messaging app for Instagram's private chat features.

Speaking to The Verge, Hemal Shah, a product manager at Instagram, explained: 'We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is an important part of that. A profile screen is to the left, allowing you to adjust settings, move between accounts, or go to Instagram. In other words, Direct represents yet another effort to replicate Snapchat and bring some of that service's features to Instagrammers (if Instagram decides to roll out Direct more broadly, that is). You will be happy to know that for the new app, Instagram includes four new filters including one that censors your speech when you least expect it, and another that superimposes your mouth over your mouth (yes, it is as odd as it sounds). As The Verge reports, the rollout today is just a test, launching in only six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.

Instagram tests standalone messaging app called Direct

"With hundreds of millions of people using Instagram Direct, today we're announcing a test of a standalone Direct app".

Instagram's latestmove follows parent company Facebook's decision to remove private chats from its main app. You can take a photo or video with the front and rear cameras, apply face filters and masks, and even write text. The success of Messenger after its separation from Facebook shows it can be done, and could be boosted if Instagram adds different aspects to the app to keep it interesting. It opens camera-first, so just like Snapchat, and it's very simple, with only three screens.

In case, Instagram launched Direct globally, for which no current timeline has been given so far, Facebook would become an owner of the third famous messaging tool alongside WhatsApp and Messenger. But it remains to be seen if the launch of Direct will rile up Instagram users the same way.

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