Periscope launches on Android two months after iOS debut – Mobile World Live

Periscope launches on Android two months after iOS debut

26 MAY 2015

Streaming application Periscope, which allows users to watch and broadcast live video across the world, has been made available on Android from today.

Android owners with Version 4.4 (Kitkat) will be able to download Periscope from the Google Play store, two months after it first launched on iOS in March.

Periscope was created as a start-up and took a year to develop. Its founders wanted to “build the closest thing to teleportation”, and the company was subsequently acquired by Twitter in January for $67 million.

The application works by allowing users to live stream video footage from their smartphone cameras and gives access to anyone who wishes to view it online. It is also integrated with Twitter, and users can send optional alerts to Twitter followers to watch these videos live.

With its Android launch, the application has been developed to include a few unique features including a new design, and a set of interactive notifications.

Periscope claims it had over a million sign ups when it launched on Apple iOS during its first week.

Periscope’s Android launch comes after rival streaming service Meerkat also launched on the platform earlier this month.

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