Instagram is testing moving Direct messaging to a new app

Instagram is reportedly separating Direct messages into its own separate, Snapchat-like app

Instagram is reportedly separating Direct messages into its own separate, Snapchat-like app

When installed, the inbox from the core Instagram app disappears and is replaced by the new standalone app. They can push the boundaries to create the fastest and most creative space for private sharing, Shah added, when Direct is a camera-first, standalone app. If Instagram users want to send or read private messages, they will now have to open the Direct app.

As The Verge reports, the rollout today is just a test, launching in only six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.

Instagram-The photo sharing application is working on a derivative messaging application called Direct, which would eventually be removing the built-in direct message facility within the main application.

The new app's structure feels a lot like Snapchat: When users open it, the camera pane will open, emphasising the app's focus on creating new material (photos and videos) to share. The direct messaging feature is removed from Instagram once Direct is downloaded, but you can easily access it by swiping once again to the left in Instagram to see the Direct logo and then jump right to it.

Los celos de Pico Mónaco en el encuentro de Pampita con Maluma
La verdad es que no pasaba nada si Pampita se tomaba una foto con él, a su novio Pico no le iba a afectar en NADA. Él no me dejó. Pero esa no fue la única vez que Pampita se topó con el galán: "Un día, venía con los tres chicos, con el bolso de la playa".

Of course, this all sounds fine and dandy, but some users will likely not appreciate Instagram forcing users to download a second app just to message their friends.

According to The Verge, the reason for making this application is that Instagram believes that messaging is something that needs a separate platform to shine, its charm diminishes when attached to something else.

The Direct app, in its current state, is simple and straightforward. The page to the left is where you'll find all of your account/app settings, and the one on right is home to your inbox of ongoing conversations. Hopefully, the same thing doesn't happen to Instagram Direct.

Facebook Messenger, which started its journey with 500 million users and a wave of 1-star reviews, now sits at 1.3 billion users, and ratings have improved up to a 3-star average.

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