Twitter and Vine today announced that (1) Vine is now available for iOS devices and (2) has been purchased by Twitter. If you hadn't heard of Vine before today, we're not too surprised -- it's been in limited beta testing until now, and it's not available for Android. But, seeing as how all roads (eventually) lead to Android these days, we're taking a quick look at it here.
The oversimplified version is that Vine is to video what Instagram is to pictures. In actuality, it's a fairly simple app that lets you take up to 6 seconds of video that might well be mistaken for a really good animated gif. It doesn't have to be 6 consecutive seconds, though. You can do two 3-second clips strung together. Or three 2-second clips. Or, if you hate your friends, six 1-second clips.
You're going to start seeing a lot of these, even if there's no Android app.
Rene reviewed how Vine for iPhone works (or doesn't) over on iMore. More of my thoughts, after the break.
So, some thoughts on Vine and how it pertains to Android at the moment, because you're going to see these in your Twitter streams:
- The videos play back very nicely in the app and in a full web browser. No reason they shouldn't, right? But I can't get the Vine videos to play back in the Chrome Android browser. (And Twitter not-so-conveniently makes it a pain in the ass to not use its mobile site.)
- You can, however, get a Vine video to play in the official Twitter app, but for some reason I have to wait 20 seconds for a 6-second video to load. No bueno.
- But whereas a still image is worth 1,000 words, six seconds of video seems to more like an illustration. For sure we'll see some important 6-second clips at some point. But that's pretty limiting as a video format.
- Good luck sharing your Vine video if you didn't properly Tweet it out the first time. My first test was of bacon frying. Only place you can see it is on the Vine app because for some reason the Tweet didn't go out. There's no option to share post-publication. Instead, you get my dog.
- The social features are still pretty wonky. Searching for Vine users among my Twitter friends omits some pretty obvious returns -- but I have the feeling it's just slow to work those APIs. Certainly nothing that can't be fixed.
So there's some work to be done, still, particularly in regards to viewing videos outside of iOS. Shocker, right? But now you're better prepared for the big bad world out there, and for when it comes to Android later.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
What is Section 230 and why does it matter so much to President Trump?
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is in the news for the wrong reasons once again. This time, though, the U.S. armed services are also in the crosshairs.
Here's your first look at Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds
The first renders of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Buds Pro have surfaced online. Unlike the Galaxy Buds Live, the Galaxy Buds Pro will have an in-ear design.
The Snapdragon 888 has all-new hardware that will make your photos amazing
The new Spectra 580 ISP coupled with an all-new and more powerful AI engine makes the Snapdragon 888 the best chip for phone cameras we've ever seen. You'll want it in your next phone if you love taking photos.
The Xperia 1 II is our favorite phone for shooting video
If video recording is your thing, then look no further than the Sony Xperia 1 II — it offers a large screen, three great cameras, and extremely robust manual video controls.