Vine teases new full-screen video, messaging features
A day after stating it is working on new features, Twitter-owned video sharing service Vine issued a series of clips hinting at what users can expect in the weeks ahead.
Vine, introduced for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS in January and ported to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android earlier this month, enables mobile device owners to film and share videos running no longer than six seconds: Users can shoot clips in a single take or pause the recording to string together montages of brief shots. Videos issued Wednesday by Vine co-founders Dom Hoffman and Rus Yusupov suggest engineers are working on introducing larger, full-screen video capabilities as well as private messaging options and curated video categories. The clips also seem to indicate tools for saving and inserting footage from previous videos, instead of requiring users to create all new content from scratch.
Vine's 13 million users are now sharing more than 1 million videos each day, analytics firm Simply Measured reports. In addition, Topsy Analytics recently reported that users are now sharing more Vine videos on Twitter than Instagram photos, although it must be noted that Instagram terminated Twitter support late last year, meaning users can no longer view Instagram photos via the microblogging platform.
Vine released the preview clips just one day before Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)-owned Instagram is expected to introduce Vine-like video sharing features of its own. Insiders say Facebook will formally unveil Instagram video services at a media event scheduled for 1:00 pm ET today.
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