Two months ago, the social media gargantuan, Twitter announced that it had a new goodie for the iOS users. That goodie was Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming app.
Two months later, the same app is coming to Android.
Twitter Periscope app is very much the same as the iOS version, but for some minor changes that were adapted specially to suit Android devices.
With this move, Twitter is following the trails of its rival live streaming app, Meerkat.
The most significant differences between the Android and the iOS version of Periscope is the way it broadcasts the videos.
While the iOS version lets its users to broadcast their videos using the central tab, the Android version allows the users to stream their videos by pressing a floating button on the bottom right side of the display.
This feature kind of reminds us of Google’s Material design mantra.
The new app also comes with some features that are Android-like.
The Android users have more control of Twitter Periscope app because they can control the push notification whenever someone they follow broadcasts a video for the first time. It does the same when the user has shared the video or has begun to follow another user.
However, these particular ways of controlling the notifications apply for every follower, meaning that it cannot be personalized for individual followers.
When asked why the Twitter Periscope app for Android came a little later, the app’s creators said that the initial plan was to launch Periscope only for iOS. They added that they have worked very hard to deliver a special version that Android users would enjoy.
The startup company was purchased by Twitter in January and by May, Periscope made it possible to sign up to the app without needing to have a Twitter account.
The users can login using their telephone numbers.
Twitter Periscope app is available for download at Google Play. The app weighs 8.1MB and runs on devices that have Android 4.4 KitKat and later.
Meerkat, the rival app of Periscope, launched its Android version on April 15 and in May the app left its public beta version for Android and upgraded it to version 1.0.
Twitter came up with Periscope after Meerkat proved to be a sensation among Twitter users.
When Meerkat was released, Twitter was flooded with live video broadcasts. When this happened, Twitter, helped by Periscope, managed to block Meerkat’s access to the social graph. This made it difficult for the user to find and notify the followers.
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