Instagram tests standalone messaging app
Instagram's messaging app will be tested in six countries
Photo-sharing platform Instagram may soon have its very own messaging app, dubbed Direct.
The new feature may possibly replace the current messaging inbox and instead stand as its own app.
Presently, the Direct app is only available in the following countries: Chile, Italy Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay. Whilst there is no mention of Instagram rolling out this feature on a global scale, if it decides to it would result in three messaging platforms, along with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
The app will be available on both iOS and Android and once the app is installed, Instagram's current inbox disappears and will only be available via Direct.
Furthermore, the app will enable users to also create and share stories, as well as access to Instagram's typical features, such as Boomerang and filters.
Instagram's vice president of product, Kevin Weil, said in a tweet; "With hundreds of millions of people using Instagram Direct, today we're announcing a test of a standalone Direct app. It's fast, visual and super fun. Only in six countries to start but can't wait for you all to try it."