Bolt: A One-Touch Photo & Video Messaging App Launched by Instagram


Instagram releases its first app, Bolt, a photo and video messaging software meant to be the company’s answer to snapchat. Bolt allows users to send messages and photos that self-destruct once you tap on a user’s photo on a smartphone screen. Unfortunately, Bolt is only available for users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.

“We’re going to other regions soon, but are starting with handful of countries to make sure we can scale the experience,” a spokesperson for Instagram tells the Verge.

The software boasts its speed feature. Instead of wasting time scrolling through a bunch of options, the user can tap a contact’s picture. Tapping the picture both captures and sends a photo, no swiping required. There’s also an undo feature (Thank God) that allows the user to retrieve a message within the first few seconds by shaking your phone.

While the forthcoming app doesn’t require the user to have an account on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll have to register up using your phone number to get a full list of your contacts. If you live in one of the mentioned countries, you can download the app now on iTunes and Android. Otherwise, sit on your thumbs until Bolt becomes available in the U.S.


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