WhatsApp is by far the most popular third-party chatting client in the world – the software surpasses the likes of Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Telegram in terms of active monthly users, according to Statista.
The software is renowned for its intuitive interface and vast array of features that are regularly expanded thanks to consistent WhatsApp updates.
However, it seems WhatsApp could soon be challenged by a new rival from the Facebook family, according to a report from The Verge.
The outlet said it had learned of a new app in development called Threads designed to be a companion programme to Instagram.
It was noted Threads would be a messaging app first and foremost but that it would invite users to share notable pieces of information with each other such as location, battery life and speed in order to differentiate it from similar programmes, such as WhatsApp for instance.
Moreover, it was said Threads would also allow for more standard text, image and video sharing, too.
The Facebook software was noted to have been designed for a user’s “close friends” list on Instagram.
For context, Instagram added such a feature to its app back in November of 2018 after over a year of testing.
The Verge declared it had seen screenshots of Threads in action – the outlet once again iterated the app’s intention to allow for “constant, automatic sharing between users”.
Threads was said to look reminiscent of the current messaging tab within Instagram – primary displaying a list of messages from other users and showing a green dot next to an individual’s profile picture if they are online.
It is currently unclear when or if Threads will launch.
Moreover, it is unknown how the app would fit into Facebook’s prophesied future of merging the messaging systems on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
The Verge asked Instagram to comment on the existence of Threads – the social media giant declined.
Earlier this year Instagram ceased work on an app called “Direct”, another messaging app.
Direct launched in December of 2017 and was essentially the messages tab within Instagram itself bundled into a separate app.