By now you have probably heard of Vine, the mobile app that makes creating and sharing short videos incredibly easy. However, if you don’t have an iPhone then you probably haven’t had the chance to create a Vine yet because until now, Vine has only been available on iOS.

Since acquiring Vine, Twitter has been promising an Android app and Today they made good on the promise by announcing and launching a new Vine app just for Android.vine

What is Vine?

Vine was created in June of 2012 by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov and was purchased by Twitter in October of 2012. It was officially launched as a free iOS app on January 24th, 2013. Since then twitter has announced that there are now 13 million users on Vine.

Vine allows users to create video clips that are up to 6 seconds in length. Recording only occurs when you press the screen which allows you to pause and start recording as many times as you want until you reach 6 seconds. This feature makes vine exceptional for creating short animated films such as this one.

Because Vine is automatically integrated with Twitter, sharing your short videos is incredibly easy. Creating a quality Vine and sharing it with your friends shouldn’t take more than just a few minutes.

Android Only Features

Twitter promises that Today’s release of the Android Vine is “Just the beginning” and that many more features are to come. These features will include the ability to record with a front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and the ability to share Vines directly to Facebook (some of which are already available on the iOS version).

Right now the Android version does allow you to zoom in and out while recording, something that the iOS version still doesn’t allow.

Vine is already one of the most popular iOS apps out there and by adding an Android version, Twitter is showing how serious they are about Vine. Millions of Android users will download this app over the next few weeks and it will be interesting to see how it affects twitter.

Jamie Bates