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Instagram is testing Snapchat-style standalone app Direct

  • The app is similar to Snapchat and was first spotted by The Verge
  • When users open the app, a camera will open that is identical to Instagram’s
  • Swiping left takes you to Settings, and swiping right to a list of chats
  • Rolls out today in 6 test countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Uruguay

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If you’re constantly direct-messaging your friends on Instagram, you’ll be happy to hear that the firm is testing a new standalone app, called Direct.

The app is similar to Snapchat and allows users to send photos and messages directly to their friends.

Direct, which is still just a test, will start rolling out today in six test countries – Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay.

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If you're constantly direct-messaging your friends on Instagram, you'll be happy to hear that the firm is testing a new standalone app, called Direct. The app is similar to Snapchat and allows users to send photos and messages directly to their friends

If you're constantly direct-messaging your friends on Instagram, you'll be happy to hear that the firm is testing a new standalone app, called Direct. The app is similar to Snapchat and allows users to send photos and messages directly to their friends

If you’re constantly direct-messaging your friends on Instagram, you’ll be happy to hear that the firm is testing a new standalone app, called Direct. The app is similar to Snapchat and allows users to send photos and messages directly to their friends

WHAT IS DIRECT? 

The app is similar to Snapchat and allows users to send photos and messages directly to their friends. 

When users open the app, a camera will open that is identical to Instagram’s, but with four new exclusive filters.

Swiping left from this page will take you to the Account and Settings page.

And swiping right will take you to a list of chats, similar to the direct messaging feature in Instagram’s main app.

The new app was first spotted by The Verge today.

When users open the app, a camera will open that is identical to Instagram’s, but with four new exclusive filters.

Swiping left from this page will take you to the Account and Settings page.

And swiping right will take you to a list of chats, similar to the direct messaging feature in Instagram’s main app.

When you install Direct, your direct messages will automatically disappear from the main Instagram app, and an animation will take you straight to the Direct inbox.

This is very similar to what Facebook – which owns Instagram – did with its Messenger app.

The app is similar to Snapchat (pictured) and allows users to send photos and messages directly to their friends

In 2014, Facebook moved messaging out of its main app and into the separate, standalone Messenger app, in the hope of improving user experience.

Speaking to The Verge, Hemal Shah, a product manager at Instagram, explained: ‘We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is an important part of that.

‘Direct has grown within Instagram over the past four years, but we can make it even better if it stands on its own.

HOW APPS COPIED SNAPCHAT’S STORIES

Snapchat released its Stories feature in October 2013, and since, several apps have copied the feature. 

August 2016 – Instagram 

In August 2016, Instagram released a near-perfect copy of Snapchat Stories, in the form of Instagram Stories.

In August 2016, Instagram released a near-perfect copy of Snapchat Stories, in the form of Instagram Stories

In August 2016, Instagram released a near-perfect copy of Snapchat Stories, in the form of Instagram Stories

In August 2016, Instagram released a near-perfect copy of Snapchat Stories, in the form of Instagram Stories

Instagram’s version features a row of circular avatars at the top of the Instagram feed. 

Each bubble represents an account that you follow, and contains every photo and video clip that they’ve posted to their stories feed within the past day.

March 2017 – Facebook 

In March 2017, Facebook introduced Facebook Stories along with two other new Snapchat-like features – Facebook Camera and Direct.

Facebook Stories highlights decorative content in a horizontal layout over News Feed that disappears in 24 hours – just like Snapchat Stories. 

In March 2017, Facebook introduced Facebook Stories along with two other new Snapchat-like features - Facebook Camera and Direct

In March 2017, Facebook introduced Facebook Stories along with two other new Snapchat-like features - Facebook Camera and Direct

In March 2017, Facebook introduced Facebook Stories along with two other new Snapchat-like features – Facebook Camera and Direct

‘We can push the boundaries to create the fastest and most creative space for private sharing when Direct is a camera-first, standalone app.’

It is unclear when, or if, Instagram plans to launch Direct to all users.

MailOnline has contacted Instagram for comment.

 

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