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Twitter launches Vine video service for iPhone but not Android

24 Jan 2013
Twitter has launched its vine video service for iPhones

Twitter has launched a new video sharing app for the Apple iPhone called Vine, but it is not available for Android users as yet.

Twitter announced that it had purchased Vine and would be launching its video sharing app on the Apple products in a blog post on Thursday.

"Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (six seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create," the firm said.

Vine confirmed the purchase by Twitter on its own blog post.

"We're happy to share the news that Vine has been acquired by Twitter. Our companies share similar values and goals; like Twitter, we want to make it easier for people to come together to share and discover what's happening in the world," it said.

The Vine app is currently only available on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices, although Twitter has promised it will be rolled out onto other platforms at a later date.

"We're working now to bring it to other platforms, so stay tuned for that," was all the blog said.

At the time of publishing Twitter had not responded to V3's request for comment on what the other platforms will be and when they will be released.

No doubt, though, those on Android will be frustrated not to be able to use the app from the off. Given the huge user base of Android users, though, Twitter and Vine are likely making this a top priority.

The app is available on iTunes now and an example of it working can be seen below.

The iPhone app mimics other popular social media tools by offering the ability to make connections with other users and see updates in a timeline. Users can also explore other content with tags, as outlined below.

Twitter Vine explore app image


The new app's release comes during a period of change within the social media space. Prior to the new app Facebook revealed plans to release its own Graph search service.

Graph Search was unveiled on 15 January and promises to let Facebook account holders use the social network's user data to uncover things like their friends' favourite restaurants or song.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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