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Twitter's answer to live-streaming has arrived on Android

And Android users will get a few extra features not found on the iOS version.

Periscope has been used to broadcast events like the Volvo Ocean Race to show followers what happening on the boat during the competition.
Periscope has been used to broadcast events like the Volvo Ocean Race to show followers what happening on the boat during the competition.
Image: Steven Senne/AP

TWO MONTHS AFTER its debut on iOS, Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope has launched on Android.

The app, which allows anyone to live stream footage directly from their smartphone, offers a number of extra features that aren’t found on iOS.

Running on any device with KitKat (Android 4.4) and above, the Android exclusive features allow you to resume viewing a stream and pick up from where you left off if you were interrupted by a phone call or text message, and replays are saved without requiring the broadcaster to upload a file, saving on data.

The app will also give users greater control over notifications such as controlling notifications on first-time broadcasts and when someone you follow shares a broadcast.

In a statement announcing the launch, the makers said “When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation  – by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast… our initial launch was limited to just iOS, but we’ve been working really hard to craft an experience that feels special on Android”.

Twitter bought the company back in January when the app was still in beta. Since it launched in late March, the app was downloaded by more than one million people in its first ten days, but no figures have been released since.

It had to deal with competition from Meerkat, a rival live-streaming app that arrived on iOS and Android first before Periscope although Twitter limited its access to its social graph, preventing it from importing contacts and allowing users to see what their friends are doing.

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