Instagram is building new ‘Threads’ app to take on Snapchat

Instagram is deciding to develop a new messaging app called ‘Threads’ which will allow users to share information with their closest friends. According to The Verge, Threads is designed as a companion app to Instagram. With Threads, users can share text, photo, and video messages. Moreover, Threads enables users to automatically share their location, speed, and battery life with their close friends. It seems like that Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is trying to take over Snapchat.

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge: The Working Logo Of “Threads”

Screenshots reviewed by The Verge show an app that’s designed to promote constant, automatic sharing between users and the people on their “close friends” list on Instagram. Opt into automatic sharing, and Threads will regularly update your status, giving your friends a real-time view of information about your location, speed, and more. At the moment, Threads does not display your real-time location — instead, it might say something like a friend is “on the move,” according to sources familiar with the matter.

Besides this, Threads will keep your status updated on a regular basis thereby providing information to all your friends about your speed and location. However, Your real-time location will not be disclosed by Threads rather it would state- a friend is “on the move” Users would be allowed to update their status manually, it will appear on the main feed of the app, along with messages. Threads will come with a camera that will allow users to capture photos and videos.

Instagram discontinued working on its most awaited standalone messaging app called ‘Direct’. Reports suggest that the average Snapchat user spends more time inside the app than the average Instagram user does.

‘Threads’ is mainly meant for messaging and will resemble Instagram in many ways. If any of your friends post stories, you can simply view that from inside Threads. Mark Zuckerberg wants to make private messaging the company’s latest effort to make that vision a reality.  The app has been tested within Facebook and the release date of Threads is yet to be revealed.


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