MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter released Vine for Android on Monday, which is available via Google Play.
Vine is essentially a video sharing service similar to photo sharing app Instagram, and it has been available on iOS for almost six months. Twitter, which owns the service, today announced that it is finally releasing the app for Google's Android mobile operating system, while also revealing that Vine now has over 13 million users.
Twitter said in a blog post, "Android owners: Welcome to Vine. Starting today, you can begin to shoot, share and watch short looping videos. We've been looking forward to this day, and we're excited to get the app into your hands."
Vine for Android features most of the things you'll find on its iOS counterpart, Twitter said, including "easy video creation with automatic playback and sound; Explore, where you can discover popular posts and see what's trending; and Find Friends, where you can find and invite people you know to join. You can also share your posts to Twitter - people will be able to watch them right within your Tweet."
However, there's an added bonus for those with a HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, as Twitter has added a Zoom feature to the service, which is currently only available on Android. It's unclear whether this will be coming to Vine for iOS, but given that Twitter hinted at future Android-only features, it's looking unlikely.
The Vine app on Android is missing some of the features available on iOS, such as front-facing camera support, mentions, hashtags and Facebook sharing. However, Twitter says these will be arriving via a software update in the coming weeks.
Vine for Android is available to download for free from Google Play, and is compatible with Android 4.0 and above. The app isn't yet showing up in the Play store yet, but it's likely to appear any minute now. µ
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