Twitter announced on Tuesday that Periscope, an app that allows you to live stream video by Tweet, is now available on the Google Play Store for Android devices running 4.4 KitKat and above. As of March 26, Periscope was also rebranded under Twitter’s App Store account for iOS devices.
Broadcasting live video by Tweet is a growing craze that started when rival app Meerkat dominated this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival. At first, Meerkat seemed to have the edge in Tweeting live video, attracting celebrities like Madonna, hundreds of thousands of users, and $12 million in venture capital.
But Twitter quickly offered an answer to Meerkat: the purchase of live video streaming startup Periscope for $100 million. Periscope also was offering live video by Tweet, but had nowhere near as much press as Meerkat — until they were bought up.
Twitter further solidified control over video streaming by denying Meerkat users the ability to seamlessly notify their Twitter followers via push notifications. This move, which occurred in the same day Twitter acquired Periscope, gave Twitter’s new app an obvious advantage over its competitor. At this point, it’s looking grim for Meerkat and bright for Periscope.
The future of Tweeting live video remains unclear. Periscope might have journalistic uses when you consider the sheer amount of reporters using Twitter. The first big example of Periscope being used journalistically was when CNN’s Max Foster broadcasted updates about the birth of England’s Princess Charlotte.
On the other hand, Periscope has been under fire for copyright infringement, particularly in the case of illegal streams of this month’s Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match.
Still, if you have an Android phone, and like Twitter, why not check out Periscope? You can download the app for free from the Google Play Store.
Source: The Twitter Blog