Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope has finally made its way to Android and features pretty much the same functionality of letting you watch and broadcast video from your smartphone as its iOS counterpart did.
The company claims to have got 1 million users for the app, 10 days after it was released for the iPhone, which included tech savvy celebrities, media companies and even citizen journalists.
Opening up the Periscope app for the first time on Android prompts users to sign up using their Twitter accounts, after which the app suggests you follow everyone you’re following on Twitter.
The app then opens to a list of current and recent broadcasts from people you’re following, but there’s also a tab that shows broadcasts currently happening from around the world.
There’s a third tab that segregates users by popularity, which is judged by the number of hearts people have sent them. Moreover, the popularity tab also allows you to search for people and access your own profile.
In order to begin broadcasting yourself, all you have to do is hit the big red button on the broadcast screen. This is probably the biggest difference between the Android and iOS versions of the app, with the central tab being the broadcast tab on iOS.
It was only a matter of time before Periscope made the jump to Android, with its chief rival Meerkat doing the same just a few weeks ago. However, in an attempt to differentiate itself from Periscope, Meerkat has turned itself into a platform.
Live-streaming is still at an infant stage, and using Periscope for the first time, it did feel very incomplete – especially the ‘popular’ section which rates users based on the number of hearts (likes) their broadcasts have gotten.
Further, discovery of new and trending broadcasts is largely missing, and there’s no way for users to know what the people they’re following are currently watching – this is actually the basic premise of Twitter. You do get to see what the person you follow has to say, but also what they’re reading or watching.
Periscope will run on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher and can be downloaded from the PlayStore right now.The app has been available for download for less than 24 hours but Twitter has already pushed out an update, and though the company doesn’t mention what the update does, it’s most probably a bug fix for login issues some users faced right at the
The app has been available for download for less than 24 hours, but Twitter has already pushed out an update. Though the company doesn’t mention what the update does, it’s most probably a bug fix for login issues some users faced right at the beginning.