Twitter has rolled out Vine app for Android. The micro-blogging site had launch a streaming video service called Vine for smartphones in January 2013. With the help of Vine, users can records six-second-long video clips, which can then be seamlessly embedded within tweets. However, at the time of launch this service was only available to iPhone users.
Twitter also confirmed that since its launch, the Vine app has been garnered over 13 million downloads. It is expected that with the Android roll out, this app will become even more popular.
Just like the Vine app for iOS, the Android version also allows users to create videos easily with automatic playback and sound. The app also comes with an the Explore feature, which helps users in discovering popular posts and also get an idea of what is trending on Twitter.
However, the Android app for Vine misses out on some of the key features that are present in its iOS counterpart. The most notable feature is the Android app cannot access the front-facing camera of an Android smartphone. As a result of which Android users will not be able to record video of themselves or users will have to use the rear camera for doing the same.
In addition to this, the Vine app for Android does not have Facebook integration, which means that the captured videos can be only posted on Vine or Twitter.
Twitter has promised that it will roll out an update soon, which will address these issues and also bring in bug fixes and performance updates.
Vine for Android also comes with a unique feature – Zoom, which so far in not present in the iOS version. This feature allows users to zoom in or out of the frame while capturing videos. The volume rocker buttons doubles up as the zoom in/ out button. So far there is no word whether Vine will be rolling out this feature to iOS anytime soon.
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