Twitter has finally launched its live streaming app Periscope in Google’s Play Store so the massive base of Android users can also enjoy the broadcasting app.
Periscope is a broadcasting app that lets users stream live videos. The followers of the user can then comment and ‘heart’ (the like feature) the video and more heart means more popularity and more popularity means the video will go up in the Periscope list.
Twitter acquired Periscope in January and launched the Periscope app for Apple’s iOS in March this year. And now, after a month, finally the app is released for Android users.
Periscope had been a great success for the micro blogging website when it was launched in Apple App Store. According to the company, the app was downloaded by over a million iOS users within 10 days of its launch.
The Android version of Periscope comes with some added features like when the live streaming is over you can make your video available for replay so your followers can watch it later. However, the video will stay only for 24 hours, as of now. A blogpost by Periscope explains how Android users of Periscope have an advantage over iOS users.
- The application features a Material-inspired design that should feel familiar but modern to Android users
- Android users have granular control over additional Push Notification settings, such as “First Time Broadcast notifications” (when somebody you follow on Twitter broadcasts on Periscope for the first time) and “Share notifications” (when somebody you follow on Periscope shares somebody else’s broadcast).
- Periscope on Android offers you a “Resume notification” so you can keep watching where you left off in case your broadcast gets interrupted (by a phone call or message)
The security features of the app allow a user to broadcast the video to a particular set of followers or just one follower. All the user has to do is select the lock icon before going live and choose the viewers of the streaming.
Periscope also lets you tweet your streaming so your followers can watch your broadcast either on web or on the Periscope app.
Twitter’s move to launch Periscope on iOS and Android platform must have been an excited move for many, but for newly launched similar app Meerkat it may smell trouble .