Twitter has announced that its Vine video service is now available for Android users, having only been available since its launch in January on iOS devices.
The service allows mobile users to shoot six-second videos, which can feature pauses and cuts, as part of an ongoing push by Twitter to boost engagement with its services, particularly on mobile devices.
Announcing the launch for Android, Twitter Android developer Sara Haider said in a blog post that the firm had been working to get the service on Android as quickly as possible to let as many people use the platform as possible.
“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,” she said.
She added, though, that several new features on the iPhone version were not currently available for Android, but they would be soon.
"Though we’ve been very focused on releasing Vine for Android, we’ve continued to release updates and add new features to the iOS app. As a result, the two apps are not perfectly in sync, but that won’t be the case for long," she said.
“Over the coming weeks, you’ll see frequent updates with new features – including front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and the ability to share to Facebook – as well as bug fixes and performance improvements.”
With 13 million users joining the service since its launch in January, Vine is clearly proving popular, but the user numbers pale in comparison to the hundreds of millions of users of Twitter itself, or the billion-plus users of Facebook.
Android owners running Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0 and above can download Vine from Google Play from Monday.
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