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May 27, 2015

Twitter-Owned Periscope Now Available on Android

Twitter is finally bringing Periscope to the Google Play Store.

Those with Android Smartphones powered by version 4.4 (KitKat) or above can now download the live-streaming app.

Periscope offers users live video to help them discover places and events that would be difficult to view in person.

Periscope“When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation — by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast,” the company said in a blog post. “As a small startup, our initial launch was limited to just iOS, but we’ve been working really hard to craft an experience that feels special on Android, yet still unmistakably Periscope.”

Periscope for Android has all the core features from the iOS version — such as the ability to start a public or private broadcast, or choosing to permit comments only from those a user follows — but has some unique offerings as well.

They include:

  • A Material-inspired design made to be familiar yet modern to Android users;
  • Granular control over additional push notification settings, such as ‘First Time Broadcast notifications’ (when somebody a user follows on Twitter broadcasts on Periscope for the first time) and ‘Share notifications’ (when somebody a user follows on Periscope shares somebody else’s broadcast);
  • A ‘resume notification’ enabling users to keep watching where they left off in case their broadcast gets interrupted (by a phone call or message);
  • Replays being saved without requiring the broadcaster to upload a file.

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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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