• Instagram is testing moving Direct messaging to a new app

    6 days ago - By Phone Arena

    Today, Instagram Direct, Instagram's in-app messaging service, is being tested as a standalone app, and moving out of the main Instagram app for those who download the new one. As The Verge reports, the rollout today is just a test, launching in only six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. Essentially, the new Instagram Direct app is a camera-centric messenger aimed at making the messaging experience richer. And if anyone should know how to create a massively popular messaging app, it is Facebook, Instagram's parent company, and owner of both ...
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  • Instagram Direct Puts Private Messages in Standalone App

    Instagram Direct Puts Private Messages in Standalone App

    6 days ago - By Phone Scoop

    Instagram is testing a new standalone app for direct private messages. Called Direct, it's available today, but only in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. Much as parent company Facebook did with its Messenger app a while ago, the move simply takes Instagram's existing direct-message function and puts it in a separate app. A new shortcut gesture lets you quickly swipe between the Direct and Instagram apps. For now, users can continue using one app if they wish; installing Direct disables the direct-message function in the Instagram app. Direct closely resembles Snapchat...
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  • Instagram Direct is the pure Snapchat clone you've been waiting for

    Instagram Direct is the pure Snapchat clone you've been waiting for

    6 days ago - By TheBoyGeniusReport

    You hated Facebook a few years ago when it removed Messenger functionality from the main app, only to launch a standalone messaging app that you've probably ended up using all the time.
    Well, get ready for the sequel, as the same thing is about to happen with Instagram. 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 purpose of Instagram.
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  • Instagram is testing a standalone app for direct messaging

    Instagram is testing a standalone app for direct messaging

    6 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Instagram has changed a lot since its acquisition by Facebook in 2012.
    The original premise was so simple. Beautify your photo and share it to your friends in a couple clicks. Like your friends photos with a simple scroll and a double-tap.
    Now, Instagram has videos and gifs. It has its own set of superstars and an algorithmic feed that helps those superstars dominate users'...
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  • Instagram's standalone messaging app could be a winner

    Instagram's standalone messaging app could be a winner

    6 days ago - By The Next Web

    Instagram is working on a dedicated messaging app. Photo-sharing service Instagram is working on an spin-off messaging app called Direct, which could one day remove the built-in direct message service in the mainstream app. Although pretty barebones, there's a little to get excited here. When you open Direct, it goes straight to the camera - perhaps in an effort to condition you into creating and sharing content. You can also look at your profile and settings, and view and send messages to other Instagram users. According to The Verge's Casey Newton, the raison d'étre behind this app is...
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  • 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

    6 days ago - By Business Insider

    Instagram is launching Direct, a standalone, messaging-focused app.
    The service essentially takes the main Instagram app's messaging features and packs them into a separate experience, which will seamlessly communicate with the main, feed-oriented app.
    Direct is now in testing in just a few countries, and it's unclear if and when it will see a broader rollout.
    Instagram is spinning out its Direct messaging feature into its own separate app, The Verge first reported .
    The new standalone app is reportedly just a test, for now, and will start rolling out today for iOS and Android users in six...
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  • Instagram experiments with a standalone messaging app

    Instagram experiments with a standalone messaging app

    6 days ago - By Engadget

    It happened to Facebook, and now it's happening to Instagram. Today, the Zuckerberg empire is launching a standalone messaging app for Instagram called Direct. As The Verge reports, it's technically a test and will only be available in six markets &m...
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  • Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone messaging app that replaces the current inbox

    Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone messaging app that replaces the current inbox

    6 days ago - By The Verge

    Instagram is testing a standalone app for private messages called Direct, a first step toward possibly toward removing messaging features from the core app. Direct, which opens to the camera in the same way Snapchat does, will become available on Android and iOS today in six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. If you install Direct, the inbox disappears from the Instagram app and can only be accessed in the messaging app. If Instagram introduces Direct globally - it currently has no timeline for doing so - the move could give parent company Facebook a third...
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