Since its launch on the iOS nearly two months back, Twitter’s live streaming app periscope has finally arrived on the Android platform. The announcement was made by the apps creator Medium Corporation in a blog post, which said that devices with Android 4.4 Kitkat and above can download the app via Google Play.
For the most part, the app is largely similar to its popular iOS version, though it imbibes those material design elements giving Android users giving more control over push-notifications.
“Android users have granular control over additional Push Notification settings, such as First Time Broadcast notifications (when somebody you follow on Twitter broadcasts on Periscope for the first time) and “Share Notifications” (when somebody you follow on Periscope shares somebody else’s broadcast), says the post.
It implies that Android users will have more control over Periscope as they now have the option to control push notifications whenever a followed user broadcasts for the first time or even while he shares a broadcast. In addition, the app also allows users to go back to a particular broadcast directly through a banner in the notification drawer. The blog post also notes that the Android version saves replays doing away the need for a broadcaster to upload a file – eventually saving on time and data charges.
Commenting on the availability, the Periscope team said in the 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 is now available on the Play Store weighing in at 8.1MB. Interestingly, its rival app Meerkat was apparently also initially made available on the iOS, while it was made available on Android last month during mid-April
Twitter has undeniably launched Periscope to take on its rival Meerkat, which apparently led Twitter users flood the site with live broadcasts. In response, along with the launch of Periscope, Twitter blocked Meerkat’s access to its social graph, making it quite a hassle for users to identify and notify followers. This is known to have given Periscope the opportunity to expand its user base more rapidly.
However, Meerkat tackled the issue with address book integration and also introduced a new key feature – the ability for users to post live and forthcoming streams on their Facebook pages. In addition, users had the option to sign-in via Facebook Connect to access and view Meerkat live streams.