Posted 05/27/2015 at 9:19 AM
Posted 2 years ago
Periscope is now up and ready to capture it all for Android users.
The live-streaming app that caused a firestorm when it was released for iOS three months ago made its debut on Tuesday for Android smartphones in the Google Play store.
It is yet another move in a chess match between Twitter and Meerkat, a live-streaming startup that garnered a great deal of attention and is in the unique position of being Periscope’s main competitor and relying on its parent company, Twitter to further grow its dedicated user base.
Periscope is building off the momentum it has gained from its release in Apple’s App Store, which saw it being downloaded over 1 million times in the first 10 days of its launch.
Another side note to the news is that Meerkat has dealt with some less than favorable reviews from users.
Periscope for Android will have some similarities to the iOS version in terms of optional location sharing and allowing users to tweet a link to all of their broadcasts.
Key differences will be notifications on when a user goes live, is followed by someone else and other related situations. As Sara Haider, the lead Twitter engineer for Android says, “It will be unmistakably Periscope with a look and feel that is Android-specific.”
The release is a bit of good news for Twitter after a slight tumble in earnings in the last quarter, and is certain to add more buzz to the new frontier that is live-streaming video on social networks.