Early this morning, Alessandro Paluzzi, a developer who frequently examines app code to discover hidden functionality, tweeted that Meta’s Twitter rival, Threads, has been made available on the Google Play store. But given that the app is no longer accessible, it appears it was a mistake.
The login screen, which allows users to sign in with their Instagram accounts, and another screen with a list of the accounts they follow on Instagram, so that users can choose who to follow on Threads, were among the screenshots Paluzzi provided.
Threads resembles Twitter a lot. According to the screenshots, a new post will display character counts along with a little paperclip for attaching anything else that Threads will allow you to attach to posts. There are icons for liking, reposting, reacting to, and sharing posts when viewing them, and user photos appear in little circles. Even the blue checkmarks that Twitter uses for Instagram are present.
Since January, Threads has been in development at Meta under the title of “Project 92.” Chris Cox, chief product officer at Meta, who was introducing Threads at an internal company meeting said, “We’ve been hearing from creators and public figures who are interested in having a platform that is sanely run, as opposed to Twitter.”
Although Meta has not given the app an official release date, the fact that it has appeared in the Google Play store suggests that one is about to come. There is a lot of discussion regarding what this development would entail.