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Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

Instagram is beginning to test a dedicated app that will bring its Direct messaging service right to your home screen, according to a new report out of The Verge.

If Instagram's inbox is still available inside your Instagram app that's because the Direct standalone app launched only in certain markets, including Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. Installing Direct means the inbox disappears from the Instagram app.

The Direct app is only being tested in the aforesaid six countries and Instagram could release it globally in the future.

Speaking to The Verge, Instagram product manager Hemal Shah said: "We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is an important part of that". The camera interface in Direct comes with four exclusive photo and video filters not found in the main Instagram app. Users will have to decide how much they want those new filters, though.

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The app consists of three screens. And you don't have to send photos; you can also just send your a message through the app. In the same way, you can open or access Direct app from the main Instagram app.

Remember how upset people were when Facebook started requiring everyone to install the separate Messenger app?

Well, get ready for the sequel, as the same thing is about to happen with Instagram. When Facebook originally moved Messenger out of Facebook, the company faced a lot of backlash but it has been able to exponentially grow Messenger ever since.

While having to use two apps to enjoy the full Instagram experience will undoubtedly upset many users, at least Instagram makes it easy to go back and forth. Now it has over 1.3 billion. 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.


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