• Instagram launches standalone messaging app to even better compete with Snapchat

    5 days ago - By AndroidPhoneFans

    Instagram has been on a roll lately. After successfully imitating Snapchat Stories - to the tune of 300 million daily active users - Instagram is now ready for the next phase of complete Snapchat emulation: messaging.
    There's no question that sending direct messages inside of Instagram is basic at best. It was always more of an afterthought but after the world saw how popular direct messaging could be thanks to Snapchat, Instagram is now looking to take a shot. Taking a page out of Facebook's playbook, Instagram Direct is a standalone messaging app that's currently being tested in Chile...
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  • Instagram tests standalone messaging app

    Instagram tests standalone messaging app

    5 days ago - By CNN

    Soon you'll have yet another way to privately message friends
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  • Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

    Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

    6 days ago - By PhoneDog

    Instagram has been steadily updating and improving the Direct messaging inside its app since the feature launched in late 2013 , and now it looks like Instagram is ready to spin Direct out into its own app.
    Instagram is now testing a standalone Direct app. It's available for both Android and iPhone, but only in a handful of countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.
    Right now, the standalone Direct app offers the same feature set as Direct inside of Instagram. You open to the camera, a move to encourage you to share a photo, and you can pull down to type out a text...
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  • Instagram Testing A ‘Direct' Snapchat Clone On Android: Report

    Instagram Testing A ‘Direct' Snapchat Clone On Android: Report

    6 days ago - By Android Headlines

    Instagram is preparing to soft-launch an Android app Direct, spinning off its Direct Messages into a standalone offering, The Verge reported Thursday. The app that's been rumored since early 2017 is said to become available in six test markets on both Android and iOS starting later today, with Instagram reportedly bringing it to Italy, Portugal, Israel, Uruguay, Chile, and Turkey. Users who install Direct will have their Direct Messages disappear from the main Instagram app as part of a move that appears to be similar to the one introduced by Facebook in mid-2014 when the company separated...
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  • Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

    6 days ago - By Reuters

    Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday it was testing a standalone messaging app called Direct, making it the company's third chat tool alongside its hugely popular WhatsApp and Messenger.
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  • Instagram test could ditch private messages, launch Messenger-like Direct app

    Instagram test could ditch private messages, launch Messenger-like Direct app

    6 days ago - By Digital Trends

    Instagram Direct may leave Instagram in favor of its own stand-alone app. The company is currently testing the feature in six areas, which would create a split similar to Facebook and Messenger.
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  • Instagram tests standalone messaging app called Direct - CNET

    6 days ago - By CNET

    It sounds a lot like Facebook's Messenger app.
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  • Instagram is testing a standalone messaging app because why not

    Instagram is testing a standalone messaging app because why not

    6 days ago - By Android Central

    Available now as part of a test in six select countries.
    After starting out as a simple way for sharing photos with friends, family, and random followers, Instagram has grown into a fairly bloated app these days. Along with your regular feed, there's the Instagram Explore Tab for finding photos the app thinks you're interested in, a Stories feature taken straight from Snapchat, live streaming, and the ability to send direct messages to other users.
    According to The Verge , Instagram is playing with the idea of taking that last feature out of its main app and moving it to a standalone one...
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