And it looks like Instagram is back on its bullshit with a new standalone messaging app. If you download Direct, your Instagram inbox will be scrubbed from the main app. It's now being tested in only six countries: Chile, Israel, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. Hemal Shah, an Instagram product manager told The Verge. On opening this app, the camera pane will open and emphasize users to create new content such as photos and videos for sharing.
This was particularly annoying on mobile phones because you need to install a separate app. Every feature that has made Snapchat stand out in the marketplace has been slowly taken and improved on Facebook's network.
If Direct's installed on an iOS or Android device alongside Instagram, the latter's familiar messaging inbox disappears; It's superseded by Direct, which launches with a swipe right from anywhere in Instagram. Similar to the way Facebook's chat feature was changed into the Messenger app used today, Instagram is soon to have its own standalone private messaging tool.
The messaging app offers little more than the feature already has within Instagram. You have your whole app plus the internet messaging experience built in as well.
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You can also open Instagram app directly from the Direct app. Well now, Facebook owned Instagram is also going that same path.
Apparently, Instagram thinks that they can make messaging a better experience for Instagram users by offering them a standalone app that does just that. The social media giant shut off messaging inside the main app and asked users to download Messenger. From there, you've got one-tap access to Instagram's face filters (including four exclusive ones) and a pull-down menu that lets you type messages.
An account and settings option will live to the camera's left, while swiping the other way will present you with the list of chats, exactly as it works on Instagram's main app now.
Instagram hasn't announced a global release date, but TechCrunch reports that the app will arrive in 2018 after bugs have been worked out and user feedback has been collected.