Focused on image sharing, Instagram Direct opens directly to the camera so sharing can be easier than ever before. These are still three different markets and Facebook might just be hoping it stays that way but there is a certain amount of fatigue that sets in simply knowing you now have to deal with so many messaging apps and eventually people pick one or the other. Direct also has four exclusive photo and video filters that are not now in the main Instagram app, including a amusing one that randomly bleeps your voice and covers up your mouth. Hopefully this ease will be enough to appease most users.
In the past few years, WhatsApp has remained a relatively unchanged, bare-bones messaging app, while Messenger has become much more, transforming into a platform of its own: Bots, payment options, phone calls, and even games have now found a home in Messenger. Now it has over 1.3 billion.
Instagram added private messaging to its app in 2013. Judging by Messenger's success, we can only guess that if and when Instagram rolls Direct out worldwide, it too could enjoy the massive popularity that being standalone has been proven to bring. From there, you've got one-tap access to Instagram's face filters (including four exclusive ones) and a pull-down menu that lets you type messages. But as long as Direct is a part of Instagram, expanding the platform would get increasingly hard for the company.
Speaking to The Verge, Instagram product manager Hemal Shah said: "We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is an important part of that". Whether that happens later or not remains to be seen but it makes sense for it to be within the messaging app. Otherwise, I wouldn't expect a lot of users to use the app.
Look images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix
As the Disney/Fox deal is looming on the horizon, let us not forget that there are still two X-Men films coming next year. And this time , we will get it right. " Sophie really lived and breathed the movie in a way that was extraordinary".
M's bolster funds in pursuit of Ohtani
Banuelos was probably the Mariners' top catching prospect in their minor league system, certainly from a defensive standpoint. A delegation from the Mariners met with Ohtani on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the offices of Creative Artists Agency.
Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2017
Meditation, photo editing and puzzles were the themes of the best apps of the year, as determined by Apple employees. If you want to see the full lists, just load up iTunes or the App Store and you'll see it all on the front page.
Nvidia's Shield TV offers Wii and GameCube games in HD in China
According the Ahmad they now run on the much faster Shield at what should be a nice and crisp HD resolution-meaning 720p or 1080p. He said efforts to bring its new Nintendo Switch hybrid console to China continues independently of its partnership with Nvidia.