Periscope goes live on Android

The Twitter-owned live-streaming service has been available for two months on iOS, garnering a reported one million users in 10 days.
May 26, 2015

In a neck-and-neck race for live-streaming supremacy, reps for the Twitter-owned Periscope have confirmed the service is now available on Android.

The launch was made public by Periscope in a blog post by the company on May 26 and comes two months after its unveiling on iOS.

Streaming rival Meerkat revealed its own Android launch on May 1.

Android users using version 4.4 (KitKat) can download the new Periscope app on the Google Play store. The app will include all of the same basic features as its iOS version, according to the company. In addition, users will have access to several new features, including:

  • A slightly different design optimized for Android;
  • Greater control over push notifications; and
  • A “resume” option to keep watching where a broadcast leaves off in the event that it is interrupted.

In the two months since its purchase by Twitter, Periscope has been used by everyday users, journalists and celebrities to stream events ranging from trips into North Korea to live concerts.

Periscope did not make public data on current active users by presstime, but the company confirmed that within 10 days of its March launch, its iPhone app had reached one million users.

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