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Instagram is Testing a Standalone Direct Messaging App To Replace In App Direct Messages


Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram announced a big news on Thursday. The company is testing a standalone app for private/direct messages called Direct. The app will be available for Android and iOS devices starting today in  Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.

The app will open to a camera UI just like we have seen on Snapchat and if you install the Direct app, Your inbox from the original Instagram app will disappear. This is just like what Facebook did it with its messenger app and this new app will be the third private messaging app by the company after WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Currently, the app is in the testing phase, so we don’t know when Instagram will launch the new app globally and what all features will be present in the new version.  This would not be a great idea in countries like India where there are many budget phone users where you get only 16GB memory.

Out of which only 8-10GB is available for apps and installing another app for messaging will be a problem. But let’s see what Instagram brings to this new direct messaging app as messaging on Instagram is a quite popular feature. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.


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