In what seemed liked forever, Vine has finally arrived on Android. Twitter announced the availability of the app in a blog post and the app is now available for download.
It also announced in the same post that it has touched 13 million users on iOS. Twitter had acquired Vine last year and had launched the iOS app in January.
Vine allows users to shoot and share small clips of looping videos online, similar to apps like Cinemagram, that are already available on other platforms.
The Android app is not as feature rich as the iOS app and leaves out key features like access to the front-facing camera, push notifications, hashtag and mention features, searching for people/tags. Twitter says these will arrive in “frequent” updates.
The Android app does have one feature which the iOS app does not have and that is the ability to zoom.
The Vine story reminds us of Instagram, which was an iOS exclusive app, till it reached 30 million users on the platform before it arrived on Android in April, 2012. It is now the most sought after app on Windows Phone 8.
Twitter had launched the Twitter Music app for iOS last month with an Android app still nowhere in sight. Looks like it is taking the policy of launching on iOS, growing numbers and then only launching on other platforms. Something most developers are not doing anymore, as most see Android as an important platform.
Vine for Android can be downloaded now from Google Play for Android devices running 4.0 or above.