Twitter finally ports Vine video sharing app from iOS to Android


More than four months after releasing its Vine video sharing application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, Twitter is making good on its promise to launch a version optimized for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) rival Android operating system.

Twitter introduced Vine in January. The free app enables mobile device owners to film and share videos running no longer than six seconds. Users can film clips in a single take or pause the recording to string together montages of brief shots.

"Vine for Android has many of the features that more than 13 million people have grown to love: Easy video creation with automatic playback and sound; Explore, where you can discover popular posts and see what's trending; and Find Friends, where you can find and invite people you know to join," writes Twitter engineer Sara Haider. "You can also share your posts to Twitter--people will be able to watch them right within your Tweet. Oh, and we added a feature that's unique to Android: Zoom."

Vine is available for download from the Google Play digital storefront and supports devices running Android 4.0 and up. Haider notes Twitter is already planning a series of updates and enhancements to bring the Android app up to speed with its iOS counterpart, including "front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and the ability to share to Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)--as well as bug fixes and performance improvements."

Vine is unlikely to face the same scrutiny and controversy on open-source Android that it experienced soon after launching on the far more restrictive iOS platform, when searches for #porn, #sex, and other similar hashtags yielded Vine videos featuring male exhibitionism and other mature activity. Compounding matters, a pornographic video briefly made Vine's Editor's Picks list--the clip was quickly removed and Twitter issued a brief apology. Apple's guidelines for third-party iOS apps distributed through the App Store strictly prohibit illicit content, and as a result of the controversy, Apple stripped Vine of its App Store Editors' Choice designation, removing the app from its spotlight position atop the digital storefront's homepage.

Twitter later updated Vine to an App Store age rating of 17+, the storefront's highest age restriction.

For more:
- read this Twitter blog post

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