There are a lot of choices when it comes to messaging apps on Android, and a recent report suggests that a new one is coming.
According to The Verge, Instagram is currently testing a standalone messaging app of its own known as ‘Direct.’ The social media group is reportedly looking to split Instagram and its Direct Message feature into two entirely separate apps. So in other words, you’d have your Instagram app showing your photo and video stream, and need an additional application to chat with someone privately.
The move follows suite with what past social engines have done, so we’re not exactly surprised by it. Personally, and I’m sure many will agree with me, isn’t it better to have everything accessible in one place? One app saves space on your homescreen, and, saves space on your device. Nobody at least that I know seems to take issue with the Direct Message feature being built-into Instagram, so to me, it’s one of those “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” kind of things.
One key feature within the new app is a screen that allows one to open their camera, similar to on Snapchat. This could get users to share more photos and videos in their private conversations, which I’m sure will be spiced by the ability to add fancy stickers and all that good stuff.
As of right now, this is nothing more than an experiment being tested in a few countries. So even if Instagram decides to move forward with the split, it’s likely the split won’t happen for some time. Plus, we’d expect Instagram to sample more than just “a few” countries before going forward with two apps. Let us know in the comments if you mind having another messaging app.
SOURCE [The Verge]