Twitter has released an Android version of its popular video-sharing app, Vine, the company announced on its blog today. iPhone owners have been beavering away sharing funny, silly and creative 6-second videos ever since the release of the app for iOS in January. But from launch, Android users will have access to a feature unique to their platform of choice, the ability to zoom.
However, it may be too soon for iPhone owners to feel despondent. "Vine for Android has many of the features that more than 13 million people have grown to love," writes Twitter Android engineer Sara Haider, the "many" rather implying that the Android version is without certain features of the iOS app.
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The blog post suggests that Android and iOS versions should approach parity in the near future. Support for front-facing cameras, at mentions, hashtags, search and posting to Facebook are all on Twitter's to-do list.
Android owners may yet have the last laugh, though. "[We] have exciting plans for features that could exist only on Android," Haider writes.
Three months after its launch Vine became the number one free app in Apple's App Store. Though many have used the app as a vehicle for pornography and (Will Shanklin was right) cat videos, others have embraced the 6-second limit to produce very short films of great merit with stop-motion animation proving particularly popular.
As a result, Vine is now taken extremely seriously as a creative medium. The Tribeca Film Festival has introduced a Vine competition called #6SecFilms, and the service has been used as an outlet for movie trailers. The Android launch is likely to propel Vine's popularity to new heights.
Vine is available for devices with Android 4.0 or later from Google play.