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June 03, 2013

After Four-Month Wait, Vine Finally Comes to Android

Android users usually have a little bit of a wait when a hot new app is released, but, in the case of Vine, Twitter’s app that enables users to share six-second video clips, that wait is finally over. After waiting four months longer than iPhone users, Android users will now be able to take advantage of the social media app that is so popular that Jimmy Fallon, Kate Upton and even President Obama are a part of.

For anyone who likes watching celebrities in videos that make them look like the “Numa Numa” kid of yesteryear and, for celebrities who want to make their own bizarre videos, like Star Trek alum and Big Bang Theory regular Will Wheaton, who reportedly tweeted his disappointment that Vine was not available for Android users, that is great news.

ABC News’s Joanna Stern reports that in four months, with just Apple users as a user base, Twitter Vine has netted itself 13 million users. In her blog post, Sara Haider, Twitter’s Android engineer, promised, “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.” Haider even hinted at Android-only features that may be in the works.

Andorid users who are running 4.0 or higher can download the app from Google Play and start shooting their own six-second videos. At this time, the Android app does not mirror the exact experience that the Apple app offers; however, that will be changing over the course of the next few weeks.

Haider said that the company is welcoming feedback from new users and that they are “reading it all.” Of course, you don’t have to be a celebrity to post a video, but it does raise some inconvenience for mere mortals, who don’t have a hair and makeup team at their disposal.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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